Harper to end Mexican traveller visa requirement

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government is making changes to the immigration system to end a much-maligned visa for Mexican travellers to Canada.

Stephen Harper says eventually removing the visa requirement would be a good thing for both North American countries.

It’s the Conservative government’s most conciliatory view to the visa that it imposed in 2009 to stop an influx of bogus refugee claimants.

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Harper made the comments yesterday after a meeting with Mexico’s new president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, who was on a whirlwind one-day stop in Canada.

Mexico was stung by the visa requirement, viewing it as heavy-handed and unexpected.

But Pena Nieto has acknowledged the Canadian rationale for imposing the visa, breaking with the harder line against it taken by his predecessor.

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Meanwhile, Pena Nieto also says he wants to encourage Canadian investment in his country’s state-run oil company but makes it clear there’s no intention of privatizing it.

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