Harper's delayed 'three amigos' meeting gives Mexico a pass on Ayotzinapa tragedy

Photo credit: Sharon Murillo. Picture by Students of University of Texas, El Paso.
Jennifer Moore, Harper's delayed 'Three Amigos' meeting gives Mexico a pass on Ayotzinapa tragedy, 10/03/15

Mexico is the top destination for Canadian mining investment outside of Canada, with nearly 200 Canadian mining companies operating in Mexico. This includes Goldcorp's highly profitable "Los Filos" open-pit gold mine, located a short distance from Iguala, Guerrero. Other companies, such as Minaurum Gold, Torex Gold, and Newstrike Capital have interests in the immediate vicinity. How and at what cost do they operate there when there is currently an all out war between competing criminal groups for control in nearly every municipality in Guerrero, whose business has been shifting to include extortion? Prime Minister Harper's decision to indefinitely postpone the North American Leaders' Summit -- better known as the annual "Three Amigos" meeting -- likely has a lot to do with his own electoral calculus. But it also does Mexican President Peña Nieto a huge favour. The Canadian media has speculated that Harper delayed the meeting because of tensions with the U.S. over the Keystone XL pipeline. But it has ignored how Peña Nieto is currently facing the biggest political crisis of his administration as a result of the forced disappearance of 43 students from the rural teachers' college Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, and the murder of six others, on the night of September 26 in Iguala, Guerrero. For the last four months, the forced disappearance of the students from Ayotzinapa has moved hundreds of thousands of Mexicans to take to the streets over and over again....... The Canadian government should, at a minimum, join the global cry for full and impartial investigation into the crimes against the students of Ayotzinapa and that everyone implicated -- at all levels -- be brought to justice. Beyond this, Canada urgently needs a full and impartial investigation of its own about how Canadian economic interests could be fueling or benefitting from this state of terror that is disappearing, murdering, and displacing Mexicans on a daily basis. "Alive they were taken, alive we want them back."