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Mexican president urges Canadian mining firms to pay taxes

Christian Fernsby |
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday some of Canada’s mining firms were behind on their tax payments and urged the Canadian government to lean on them to avoid the dispute reaching international tribunals.

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“There are a few Canadian mining companies that are not up-to-date, they want to go to international tribunals,” Lopez Obrador told a regular government news conference.

The president then urged Canada’s ambassador to prevail on the companies that there was no need to seek legal redress because “it’s very clear that they have these debts with the tax authority, and that (Canada) help us to convince them.”

He did not name any specific companies.

Lopez Obrador has allowed his officials to call into question contracts worth billions of dollars signed by companies from Canada, the United States and Europe under the previous administration.

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