Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Many visitors from Mexico are apprehensive for newly elected US President Donald Trump’s hostile posture towards Mexico and other countries. Many are seeking to go to other countries instead of the US for spending their time and money. To quote Mexican plastic surgeon Rodrigo Munoz, “I don’t want to go to a country that does not accept the people from my country.”
Many others echo his view. Many Mexicans now prefer visiting Canada instead. Canada has seen a surge of visitors from Mexico since December, when it lifted a visa requirement that had been imposed in 2009. The change was planned before the U.S. election, but it is widely viewed as a reflection of warmer relations between Canada and Mexico. Trump, meanwhile, is pushing for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, has stepped up immigration enforcement and wants to re-negotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement, the 1994 treaty that created a closer trading relationship among the three countries of North America.
The number of visitors to Canada from Mexico has doubled in recent times. The Mexican government had been promoting the idea of closer relations with Canada before the U.S. election when Trump was contesting as a potential presidential candidate.