OTTAWA – Today, Hon. Michelle Rempel, Critic for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship issued a statement following the announcement by Justin Trudeau that Canada will lift visa requirements on Mexican nationals: “As we have said from the beginning, the Liberals must base their decisions on evidence, yet they have refused to conduct a formal visa exemption review on Mexico. “Between 2005 and 2008 before the visa was put in place, Mexicans made up 25% of all refugee claims filed in Canada, which is a staggering number. In addition, the ongoing reports of increasing levels of state violence and corruption do not inspire confidence in the integrity of their passport controls. “Trudeau has disregarded expert analysis and evidence, and taken a political decision that puts the security of Canadians at risk. If security isn’t a concern, then why do most countries – including and especially the United States – require a visa for Mexican Nationals? “The decision to lift the visa appears to be a completely political quid pro quo, rather than a decision based on evidence and Canada’s national interests. Conservatives call on the Liberal Government to make its visa decisions based on evidence and follow the formal process.”