Two major dignitaries arrived in Canada this week for what’s known as the Three Amigos Summit.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto arrived on Monday and U.S. President Barack Obama joined Mr. Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday to discuss issues such as climate change and free trade between the three countries.
The three-day agenda included two lavish dinners, and a lot of meetings.
Here’s a recap of what you missed this week:
THE SUMMIT AGENDA:
Monday: Arrival and meetings
Mr. Peña Nieto arrived in Quebec City yesterday, where he was greeted by Governor-General David Johnston.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Clement Allardexican President also spoke with business groups in Toronto later in the day.
The Mexican President also spoke with business groups in Toronto.
An official dinner was held at Casa Loma with Mr. Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Other notable guests included: Nelly Furtado, Ben Mulroney, and Edward Burtynsky.
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Tuesday: A jog and a state dinner
Their day started with a jog in thigh-grazing shorts over the bridge from Ontario into Quebec.
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In between, the two leaders touted the value of globalization, praised each other’s virtues as leaders and rolled up their sleeves for an intimate chat with students.
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Their day ended with an elegant state dinner at Rideau Hall.
The 106 guests included cabinet ministers, indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs.
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The meal included smoked Rankin Inlet caribou and mint-dusted churros – not to mention red, white and sparkling wine.
See the full menu:
Wednesday: A historic address to Parliament
Mr. Obama arrived in Ottawa on Wednesday morning.
The three dignitaries spent the day at the National Gallery for bilateral meetings and a joint press conference.
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Climate change:Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Obama and Mr. Pena Nieto agreed to a trilateral energy and climate plan that sets new goals for emission reductions, and paves the way for joint development of low-carbon technologies and a dramatic increase of electricity exports from Canada.
They committed to a continent-wide goal of having 50 per cent of all electricity come from clean-energy sources by 2025, an increase from the current 37 per cent; a reduction in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry of 40 per cent to 45 per cent; and cuts in two other potent greenhouse gases.
They also agreed to work together on research and development projects aimed at commercializing clean technology, including demonstration projects in areas such as energy storage, and the capture of carbon dioxide for use as an industrial feedstock or for sequestration underground.
On Tuesday, Mr. Pena Nieto and Mr. Trudeau announced Mexico agreed to open its domestic market to all Canadian been products.
Mr. Trudeau rescinded visa restrictions on Mexican travelers, which has been a contentious issue since 2009, when they were imposed by the former Conservative government to curb the flow of bogus refugees.
HOW BREXIT CHANGED THE AGENDA:
Senior Canadian and Mexican officials told The Globe and Mail before the Summit that there would be little focus on free trade at the summit to avoid causing any political damage to Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, who is battling anti-free trade presumptive Republican contender Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.
Mr. Trudeau told a news conference before the Brexit vote:
We are looking to align ourselves – the three partners in NAFTA – as closely as possible [on key issues] to demonstrate that in North America, we understand how creating growth that benefits our citizens and protecting the environment for future generations are not opposite goals but are very much complementary in the 21st century
But the shocking British vote to secede from the European Union has forced the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico to reassess the game plan for Wednesday’s North American Leaders’ Summit, to be held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, officials say.
“Obviously it is going to be a much bigger issue than had there been a Remain vote,” a senior Canadian official said on Sunday. “All three leaders, who have spoken on the phone, are all keen to express the sentiment that there is a part of the world that believes in openness and trade, and free exchange of people and goods.”