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02/15/2013

Canada and Mexico may be good friends, but don’t drive across the border...

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird reports he has just had an excellent meeting in Mexico, highlighting recent efforts to “facilitate trade and travel.”

It’s been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed and Mexico is now Canada’s third largest trading partner.

But, matters of money aside, according to the government of Canada’s website, Canadians are advised to “exercise a high degree of caution” while travelling through parts of the country.

In fact, things are so bad, we are being told to fly, not drive over the border.

“It is highly advisable to travel to Mexico by air in order to avoid land border crossings through potentially dangerous regions. High levels of criminal activity, as well as occasional illegal roadblocks, demonstrations and protests remain a concern throughout the country,” the advisory said.

Baird did take a moment, while meeting Mexican officials, to speak of Canada’s need to continue “joint efforts to tackle security issues affecting both our countries and specifically, the fight against international drug trafficking, human smuggling and transnational organized crime.”

It was Baird’s second bilateral visit to Mexico.

We hope he flew.

Tanya Talaga is the Star's Global Economics reporter. Follow her on Twitter @tanyatalaga

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