Canada-Mexico relationship ‘stagnant’ as Harper visit looms

By Mike Blanchfield, iPolitics, Feb 2, 2014 1:52 pm

Mexico’s ambassador to Canada, Francisco Suarez, is pictured on Sept 5, 2013, in his Ottawa office.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Blanchfield He felt the love in Israel, but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Mexico later this month, he’ll be met by an undercurrent of resentment from a continental neighbour that feels spurned by Canada.

That simmering Mexican resentment towards Canada runs deeper than their high-profile disagreement over a burdensome travel visa that the Harper government imposed on travellers from Mexico in 2009.

It extends to lingering dissatisfaction over the lack of progress to move the economic relationship beyond the North American Free Trade Agreement, the 20th anniversary of which Canada and Mexico happily celebrated last week, along with 70 years of [...]