North American Leaders' Summit
|North American Leaders' Summit|
The North American Leaders' Summit (NALS), sometimes called the Three Amigos Summit in the popular press, is the trilateral annual summit between the Prime Minister of Canada, the President of Mexico, and the President of the United States. The summits were initially held as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), a continent-level dialogue between the three countries established in 2005, and continued after SPP became inactive in 2009.
The most recent North American Leaders' Summit was hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 29, 2016 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Trudeau hosted US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The three leaders discussed a shared commitment to LGBT rights (with Trudeau highlighting their importance after the recent attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando), renewable energy development, and free trade. The leaders also announced the creation of a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership and associated action plan. The 2016 summit was the first and last time all three of the leaders met, as Trudeau had just been elected in November 2015 and Obama's term as president ended in January 2017 with the swearing in of Donald Trump. Trudeau described the meeting as "friendly, as you might expect among friends, but also a little poignant".
Until 2009, the summits were held as part of the wider Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. There are no fixed dates for the summits and in some years a summit has not been held for varying reasons.
|2005||United States||March 23||Waco, Texas||George W. Bush|
|2006||Mexico||March 31||Cancún, Quintana Roo||Vicente Fox|
|2007||Canada||August 20–21||Montebello, Quebec||Stephen Harper|
|2008||United States||April 21–22||New Orleans, Louisiana||George W. Bush|
|2009||Mexico||August 8–11||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Felipe Calderon|
|2010||No meeting held[notes 1]|
|2011||No meeting held[notes 2]|
|2012||United States||April 2||Washington, D.C.||Barack Obama|
|2013||No meeting held|
|2014||Mexico||February 19||Toluca, State of Mexico||Enrique Peña Nieto|
|2015||No meeting held[notes 3]|
|2016||Canada||June 29||Ottawa, Ontario||Justin Trudeau|
|Prime Minister of Canada||President of the United States||President of Mexico|
|2005||Paul Martin||George W. Bush||Vicente Fox|
|2013||Enrique Peña Nieto|
- Bilateral relations
- Trilateral relations
- North American Free Trade Agreement
- Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, predecessor to NALS
- North American Union, a theoretical economic and political union of the three countries
- A planned 2010 summit in Wakefield, Quebec was postponed and later cancelled by Stephen Harper.
- The planned November 13, 2011 summit in Honolulu, Hawaii was cancelled by Barack Obama after the death of Mexican Foreign Minister Francisco Blake Mora and several other Mexican government officials in a helicopter crash
- The planned 2015 summit in Canada was postponed and later cancelled by Stephen Harper over tensions with the administration of Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline
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"There is no fixed time of year for the three leaders to meet. Dates for the summit have been prone to change. The three countries rotated hosting duties between 2005 and 2009, but in 2010, Canada postponed a meeting that had been scheduled to be held in Wakefield, Que., and then did not host it at all... There was no summit in 2013.
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Harper cancelled the 2015 summit amid mounting tension with the U.S. over the Keystone XL pipeline, which Obama ultimately rejected