Trudeau says Canada-U.S. climate strategy should include Mexico

3/11/2016 The Globe and Mail 

TrudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau capped off a high-profile official visit to the United States by pledging to forge a unified North American climate strategy to “make a significant dent” in global warming.

The day after holding talks in the Oval Office and being feted by President Barack Obama at a state dinner, the Prime Minister trumpeted his call to arms on climate change and social justice to receptive audiences of students and liberal Democrats.

Mr. Trudeau said the environmental strategy announced at the White House on Thursday to regulate potent greenhouse gases such as methane gas and black carbon, limit heavy vehicle emission and safeguard sensitive marine areas in the Arctic must be extended to Mexico.

“There is no question that the continent – Mexico, the U.S. and Canada – together working on energy issues, on addressing environmental concerns, figuring out how to get things done here will make a significant dent in global emissions,” he told students at American University. “We can make a tremendous impact. In fact, we have to if we are going to keep warming to under two degrees.”

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Canada, U.S., Mexico to share energy data

2/12/2016 Winnipeg Free Press

NAFTAEnergy data and information is now being shared across North America, the continent’s most powerful energy ministers announced at the signing of a memorandum of understanding on climate change and energy collaboration.

At a media event held in Winnipeg today, Canada’s Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr, along with Mexico’s Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, and the United States’ Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, signed the MOU which will see the three countries share information on key areas, including climate change adaptation.

Carr promised working groups in these areas — which also includes reducing emissions, carbon capture and clean energy technologies — will start occurring between the three nations.

The memorandum can be found here.

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Engagement and Pragmatism: Towards an Enduring Canadian Strategy in Latin America

Paper by Eric Miller, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellow
Canadian Global Affairs Institute, January 2016

canada mexicoExecutive Summary

With a majority government and a different world view than his predecessor, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is re-making Canada’s foreign policy priorities and approaches. This paper offers some suggested approaches for engagement with Latin America. In the area of trade, the paper recommends seeking associate membership in the Pacific Alliance while continuing to strengthen linkages with Mexico within the North American commercial policy framework. It also suggests exploring the scope of what is possible with countries with which Canada does not have free trade agreements, especially Brazil and Ecuador. On the security front, the paper suggests that Canada needs a strategy for the Colombian peace process and to step up support to Mexico in strengthening the integrity of the southern border of North America. With regards to foreign policy, Canada needs a serious strategy for the new Cuba and needs to expand its diplomatic representation, namely in Paraguay and Bolivia. Finally, on the institution-building front Canada needs to secure senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank and Organization of American States in order to help to drive institutional reform. Canada further needs a coherent strategy to attract in-bound foreign investment from Latin America. The region is rich with possibilities and a coherent engagement strategy can deliver much.

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Stephane Dion, John Kerry, And Mexican Counterpart Tackle Variety Of Issues

1/29/2016 Huffington Post Canada 

NAFTAQUEBEC — Canada’s new role in the fight against the Islamic State will involve ensuring Jordan and Lebanon remain stable, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Friday after a meeting with his U.S. and Mexican counterparts.

Dion promised that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon announce details of Canada’s new deployment within the American-led coalition. The Liberals promised during the election campaign to end Canada’s role in the bombing mission over Iraq and Syria.

Canada’s role won’t focus solely on Iraq, said Dion, adding “we will see what to do about Syria.”

“The two other countries we need to help to make sure they are stable, because they are so key for the region and are affected by the civil war in Syria and the situation in Iraq, and I am speaking of Jordan and Lebanon. These considerations will be in our plan.”

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North America needs to pivot…to North America

1/29/2016 The Globe and Mail

north americaBy Michael Kergin, Arturo Sarukhan and Anthony Wayne

The authors are former Canadian ambassador to the United States, former Mexican ambassador to the United States and former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, respectively.

The foreign ministers of North America will meet in Quebec City on Friday morning with little fanfare. Yet, at a time of growing global disorder and uncertainty, North America is the strategic foundation from which the three countries secure their prosperity and safety.

About $2.7-million in trade passes between the United States and its two neighbours each minute. Mexico and Canada are the two largest U.S. export markets, buying a third of all that Americans send abroad. Millions of jobs depend on the trade and investment networks across our region, and the potential for added growth is enormous. A recent study by McKinsey & Co. predicts that if we keep working to improve the competitiveness of our North American market, our economies could add $8-trillion (U.S.) in gross domestic product by 2040.

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New Publication | Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Working for a More Integrated and Competitive North America

By Sergio Alcocer

Anatomy of a RelationshipThe border between Mexico and the United States is one of the most dynamic in the world. The United States and Mexican border states together represent the world’s 4th largest economy, see more than $500 billion dollars per year in bilateral trade, and house 56 crossing points where nearly 300,000 vehicle crossings take place on a daily basis.

Our countries have always had a complex and intertwined relationship and have established different and successful mechanisms to manage border matters. At present, the level of cooperation between Mexico and the United States on border issues is the highest testament of the maturity and strength of the bilateral relationship. Positive synergies are now in place, our common values and cultural ties are nowhere more visible than at our shared border, benefitting both societies.

This essay aims to offer a holistic approach and view of the border region. It focuses on the key aspects that comprise it, and also explains the mechanisms established by Mexico and the United States, describing the strong collaboration that has been accomplished by both countries.

The above text is an excerpt from the introduction to the essayThis essay is part two of our series “The Anatomy of a Relationship: A Collection of Essays on the Evolution of U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Border Management.”

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UPCOMING EVENT | Central America – North America Migration Dialogue: Policy Brief Series

children-northern-mexico-credit-kelly-donlan2_0WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 9:00am-11:00am

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

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The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and Latin American Program, CIESAS, and Georgetown University are pleased to invite you to the Central America – North America Migration Dialogue Policy Brief Series. The goal of the Central America – North America Dialogue (CANAMID) is to gather and disseminate rigorous analyses on Central American and Mexican migration at its points of departure, transit and settlement communities in Mexico and the United States. Please join us for the launch of the first set of eight CANAMID policy briefs.

Opening Remarks & Introduction to the CANAMID Project and Policy Briefs Series

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Susan Martin
Georgetown University

Pablo Mateos
CIESAS Research Center, Mexico

Panel: Central America – North America Migration

Moderated by:
Cynthia Arnson
Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

Carla Pederzini, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
A Historic and Demographic Outlook of Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle

Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Central Americans in the U.S. Labor Market: Recent Trends and Policy Impacts

Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University, & James Bachmeier, Temple University
Central American Children in the U.S. & Education

Pablo Mateos, CIESAS Research Center, Mexico
Highlights from Remaining Research


Lindsay Lowell
Georgetown University

Phil Martin
UC Davis

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