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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama arrive for the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama arrive for the North American Leaders Summit and Leaders Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images

Three amigos met: What you missed from the Summit

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.

People protest against a visit by Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto in Quebec City, Monday, June 27, 2016.

People protest against a visit by Mexico President Enrique Peñ a Nieto in Quebec City, Monday, June 27, 2016.

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.

Tuesday: A jog and a state dinner

Their day started with a jog in thigh-grazing shorts over the bridge from Ontario into Quebec.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto run across the Alexandra Bridge from Ottawa to Gatineau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto run across the Alexandra Bridge from Ottawa to Gatineau.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

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.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question as Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto listens during a Q&A with youth at the Museum of Nature, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Ottawa.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto listens during a Q&A with youth at the Museum of Nature, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Ottawa.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Their day ended with an elegant state dinner at Rideau Hall.

The 106 guests included cabinet ministers, indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left to right, his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto pose for a photograph along with Governor General David Johnston, right, and his wife Sharon Johnston before attending a state dinner in honour of the Mexican President at Rideau Hall the official residence of the Governor General in Ottawa, Tuesday June 28, 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left to right, his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto pose for a photograph along with Governor General David Johnston, right, and his wife Sharon Johnston before attending a state dinner in honour of the Mexican President at Rideau Hall the official residence of the Governor General in Ottawa, Tuesday June 28, 2016.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

The meal included smoked Rankin Inlet caribou and mint-dusted churros – not to mention red, white and sparkling wine.

See the full menu:

Menu State Dinner with Mexico by The Globe and Mail




Wednesday: A historic address to Parliament

Mr. Obama arrived in Ottawa on Wednesday morning.

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he walks past an honor guard upon arrival to attend the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa.

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he walks past an honor guard upon arrival to attend the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The three dignitaries spent the day at the National Gallery for bilateral meetings and a joint press conference.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama start the plenary session during the North American Leaders' Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama start the plenary session during the North American Leaders’ Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press


Mr. Obama addressed Parliament with a speech in the House of Commons, the first speech there by a U.S. president in 21 years.

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KEY ISSUES:


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.


Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama shake hands while posing for the family photo at the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa.

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama shake hands while posing for the family photo at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa.

Chris Wattie/Reuters

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.

Trade:

On Tuesday, Mr. Pena Nieto and Mr. Trudeau announced Mexico agreed to open its domestic market to all Canadian been products.

Visas:

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.

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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.”

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With files from Reuters, Canadian Press, Laura Stone, Robert Fife, Chris Hannay and Shawn McCarthy.

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