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North American ministers meet in Quebec to discuss environment, security


QUEBEC—Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion hosts a meeting with his American and Mexican counterparts today with environment, security and clean energy on the formal agenda.

The Quebec City meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Mexico’s Claudia Ruiz Mass will set the stage for the full-fledged leaders summit in Canada later this year.

The so-called Three Amigos were supposed to meet in Canada last year, but former prime minister Stephen Harper cancelled the summit.

Dion said it was because Canada had difficulties with the U.S. on the Keystone XL pipeline project that has since been rejected, and with Mexico about a visa dispute.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he wants to lift the requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada to get a visa, but sources say there will be no major announcement on that at today’s foreign ministers’ meeting.

Dion says one of the reasons of the meeting is for Canada to play “catch up” in its relations with the U.S. and Mexico.

TORONTO STAR | NEWS | CANADA