By Isabel Inclán. Correspondent
Toronto, Dec. 22 (Notimex).- Canada and Mexico have a "very close" relationship, share very similar values and are friendly nations, said federal deputy Julie Dzerowicz to Notimex, who accompanied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his first official visit to Mexico last October.
"I had the opportunity to meet and talk with different officials, legislators and members of the Judiciary Authority and noted the rapprochement between us for the values we share, such as gender equality, indigenous rights and free trade," she explained.
The legislator of the Liberal Party, who is the daughter of a Mexican mother, is the co-chair of the Canada-Mexico Friendship Group, which she leads along with Deputy William Amos - married to a Mexican - and who also accompanied Trudeau on his official visit to Mexico City on October 12 and 13.
Dzerowicz met in Mexico with legislators such as Senator Martha Palafox Gutiérrez, Deputy Laura Plascencia, with the governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich, with the Minister of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, and with the judge of the Supreme Court Luis María Aguilar Morales, among others.
"I was able to verify the similarities that unite us as representatives of two countries that share common objectives. Our relationship is very close."
The federal legislator for the Davenport district in western Toronto, said that although Canada works to promote the development of women and their political participation, in the Federal Parliament "we only have 28 percent female representation and I was pleased to see the progress in the Congress of the Mexican Union with almost 50 percent female representation joining both chambers. This is an inspiration for us."
The legislator, who in September delivered a message of solidarity to the Mexicans affected by the earthquakes in the Ottawa House of Commons, said that Benito Juarez's phrase in the Congress of the Union caught his attention: "Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace."
"That is very true," said the Canadian deputy.
Regarding the role played by the Mexico-Canada proximity within the negotiation tables to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Dzerowicz maintained that the modernization of NAFTA that includes the three countries (Mexico, Canada, and USA) "will strengthen that."
After five rounds of negotiations in the three countries, where little progress has been made, and one month before the sixth of seven rounds takes place in Montreal, the Liberal legislator acknowledged that "we have very difficult issues ahead".
However, she hoped that for the good of the three countries and their population, agreements could be reached to modernize the treaty that will be 24 years old in January. "We must remember that the United States has historically been a pro-free trade country. We have very good negotiators," she said.
Julie Dzerowicz recalled that the negotiations of trade agreements are most of the times very long. "There will be difficult times," she acknowledged, but stressed that beyond recent commercial disputes over exports of wood and C Series aircraft, the bilateral trade relationship "works 90 percent."
During her visit to Mexico, the deputy, who went to the fundraising event in Toronto for the victims of the earthquake where more than 30,000 dollars were collected and sent to Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, had the opportunity to thank the Mexican firefighters who have helped out to stop wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia.
Finally, the legislator said that by 2018 Canada will continue working to strengthen its close relationship with Mexico and to modernize NAFTA. In addition, as the president of the Group of Seven, the country will promote five priority issues.
The five axes for the Canadian presidency of the G-7 are: Invest in growth that works for all; prepare for the jobs of the future; advance gender equality and empowerment of women; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and build a more peaceful and secure world.
Ottawa and Washington announced this week that they will preside on January 16, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the meeting of foreign ministers to analyze the security and stability of the Korean peninsula in the face of the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear activity.