The president of Mexico arrives in Canada on Monday to begin a trip that will involve meeting with North American leaders.
Enrique Pena Nieto will first visit Quebec City to give a speech alongside Premier Philippe Couillard, before dining with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Casa Loma Monday evening in Toronto.
Pena Nieto will head to the national capital for an official state visit on Tuesday, and will join the “Three Amigos Summit” on Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U-S President Barack Obama.
While the economy and climate change are expected to be featured in the discussions, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will certainly be included as well.
Last year’s event was cancelled thanks in part to the Canada-U.S. dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and an ongoing Canada-Mexico fight over visa requirements.
Trudeau and Pena Nieto are expected to commit to a public display of Canada-Mexico co-operation – likely centring on climate action – as a counterpoint to the trade protectionism and anti-immigrant sentiment that has overtaken this year’s U.S. presidential race.
Experts believe it will also be in Obama’s interest to expand on the North American relationship in hopes off solidifying his environmental policy legacy and shield the North American Free Trade Agreement from political turmoil.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has advocated tough new immigration policies, border defences and possible new trade barriers while the Democrat’s Hillary Clinton is expressing reservations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
Britain’s shocking referendum vote last Thursday to take the country out of the 28-member European Union has de-stablized international markets and destabilized Europe, providing a sharp international contrast to this week’s expected North American love-in.
After Pena Nieto’s departure on Wednesday afternoon, Obama will become the first U.S. president in 21 years to address the joint houses of Parliament with a speech in the House of Commons.