Hon. Lloyd Francis (Speaker of the House of Commons):
Mr. President of Mexico, Mr. Prime Minister, Members of the Senate and the House of Commons.
It is a great honour for me, on behalf of Members of our Houses of Parliament and guests assembled, to express our appreciation of the Address we have heard from the President of Mexico. We welcome him to Canada as the leader of a friendly nation which shares Canada's commitment to peace and development in the Americas.
Continuing with the warm friendship developed between our two countries, we have the honour of welcoming our distinguished visitor to our capital.
Canada and Mexico have enjoyed diplomatic relations for 40 years. Our two nations are linked by many important treaties and agreements in such areas of common interest as energy, culture, industry and agriculture. The past several years in particular have witnessed a very welcome increase in the number and level of official contacts between our Governments.
In 1983, a delegation of Canadian parliamentarians visited Mexico to consolidate our friendship, increase our knowledge of each other's country and explore further avenues for cooperation between our two countries. All delegates came back delighted with their visit.
May 8, 1984
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians visit Mexico every year, and the number of Mexican visitors to Canada continues to increase. The beautiful Spanish language is heard spoken more and more often in the corridors of this building as touring groups follow guides across Parliament Hill. Such exchanges foster better mutual understanding and good will. We hope that they will thrive and expand.
Mindful of the cordial relationship between our two countries, we wish to thank His Excellency for his visit and his kind words. Thank you.
This joint meeting of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada is now adjourned.
Wednesday, May 9, 1984
Topic: PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION