Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas on December 17,1992 . George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime
Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation's legislative or parliamentary branch.
is the current President of Mexico. He assumed office on December 1, 2006, and was elected for a single six-year term through 2012.
He was a local representative in the Legislative Assembly and, on two different occasions, in the federal Chamber of Deputies.
During his tenure, his party maintained control of 14 state capitals, but also lost presence in the federal Chamber of Deputies.
the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada, and leader of the Conservative Party. Harper became Prime Minister after his party won a minority government in the 2006 federal election.
He is the first Prime Minister from the newly reconstituted Conservative Party, following a merger of the Progressive Conservative nd Canadian Alliance parties.
the greatest drug trafficking threat to the United States
Drug-war doublespeak pervades and defines the U.S.-Mexico relationship today. The discourse aims not to win the war on drugs but to assure funding and public support for the military model of combating illegal drug trafficking, despite the losses and overwhelming evidence that current strategies are not working
Elected President Felipe Calderón sent 6,500 federal troops to the state of Michoacán to end drug violence there. This action is regarded as the first major operation against organized crime, and is generally viewed as the starting point of the war between the government and the drug cartels.
As time progressed, Calderón continued to escalate his anti-drug campaign, in which there are now about 45,000 troops involved in addition to state and federal police forces.
In 2010 Calderón said that the cartels seek "to replace the government" and "are trying to impose a monopoly by force of arms, and are even trying to impose their own laws