Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concerning a response he (Trudeau) gave during a town hall meeting recently on Canada ending visa-free access for holders of Antigua and Barbuda passports.
In his response to a question, Trudeau said the reason for imposing visa requirements on Antigua and Barbuda is that the citizenship by investment programme (CIP) did not have the level of stringency and analysis to satisfy Canada’s high standards for border control and security
Browne noted in his letter that he welcomed the comments made on the matter since they cast light on the reasons for his government’s actions and provide an opportunity for measures to be implemented that should cause the Canadian authorities to reinstate visa-free access to Canada for Antigua and Barbuda passport holders.
According to Caribbean News Now, Browne said the response from Trudeau on the visa matter could also open the way for lifting the visa restrictions on Antigua and Barbuda and restoring the traditional relationship of trust and cooperation that has always existed between the two nations.
His letter of January 13 once again extended an invitation to the Canadian government to review the country’s CIP programme without restraint and to make recommendations for implementing improvements that would satisfy Canadian standards and provide the opportunity for Canada to verify implementation.