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Lifting Mexican visa requirements to cost taxpayers $262 million

Following the December 1, 2016 announcement by the Liberal government that Mexicans will no longer require visas to travel to Canada, the number of Mexican asylum seekers jumped to 248 in December, as compared to 111 for the same period in 2015, reported the CBC.

The visa restrictions were first imposed in 2009 by the previous Conservative government after a spike in asylum applications, many of which were ultimately rejected by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as “invalid”.

The new policy, first announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in June during a state visit to Canada by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, is designed to “deepen ties between Canada and Mexico” and “increase the flow of travelers, ideas and businesses between both countries”.

At that time, Michelle Rempel, Critic for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship criticized the federal government’s decision to lift visa requirements on Mexican nationals. In a statement, Rempel said the following:

Between 2005 and 2008 before the visa was put in place, Mexicans made up 25% of all refugee claims filed in Canada, which is a staggering number. In addition, the ongoing reports of increasing levels of state violence and corruption do not inspire confidence in the integrity of their passport controls.

Trudeau has disregarded expert analysis and evidence, and taken a political decision that puts the security of Canadians at risk. If security isn’t a concern, then why do most countries – including and especially the United States – require a visa for Mexican Nationals?

The decision to lift the visa appears to be a completely political quid pro quo, rather than a decision based on evidence and Canada’s national interests. Conservatives call on the Liberal Government to make its visa decisions based on evidence and follow the formal process.”

The increase in asylum application is projected to cost the Canadian taxpayers about $262 million over the next decade, which, according to the analysis, could be partially offset by an increase in tourism and investment and trade opportunities from Mexico.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at


  1. Trudeau was groomed long before the leadership convention he was placed in power with the help of Clintons, Obama, Soros, just like Obama In the US and others before him, Justin Pedophile Father Pierre was involved in the CIA MK ULTRA MIND CONTROL in a Montreal Hospital and put Justin in the program, Justin works for UN NWO and his job is to destroy Canada and he’s doing a fine job, he must do whatever his Controllers/ handlers tell him, He was called PM before the polls closed in the west, votes didn’t count it was RIGGED Votes didn’t count, Jay Sugden.

  2. This government is just ” stupid “!!!!!!!

  3. I can see that Canada is going down fast the same way as all the “ancient” empires did. First they got stupid dreamers for a ruler and then all the common sense was disgarded and the countries were over run by immigrants that did NOT know how to live like the citizence do and wanted to change the function of the society to resemple their own (NON WORKING) system!

  4. Christine Lynn I agree totally the use of the word foolish was very understated

  5. OH HELL!!!! So now WE will be getting them?????? CRAP!!!! Don’t we already have enough with all of Fluffy T’s new best buddies????

  6. I do hope they wont let in dope dealers and criminals…..ya right they get in the states they get here. I have no problem with a family that wants a better life so dont call me racist

  7. so if we don’t get people being flown in, then we get them just coming in from Mexico, then fading into the woodwork. More people without papers.

  8. Thanks, Turdo, this money could have been better spent, like on veterans or health care for Canadians!

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