BOISE -- It was a unique day in the Idaho Legislature, as the Consul of Mexico addressed the Idaho Senate. Guillermo Ordorica highlighted Mexico's relationship with the Gem State, and how important that is to agriculture, trade, and both economies.
After entering to a standing ovation, Ordorica highlighted all the structural and constitutional reforms Mexico is instituting to labor, education, finance, energy, politics and law. He also pointed out that Mexico is Idaho's main destination of processed food and agricultural products, including our potatoes. He says Idaho's trade with Mexico totals more than $438 million and 30,000 jobs in Idaho depend on that trade. Ordorica also says 95% of the Hispanics in Idaho are of Mexican descent.
But, besides economics or our people, Ordorica says Mexico has a lot in common with Idaho, "Through the consulate, Mexico fosters all kinds of activities in the region, for achieving a better understanding of our common destiny as nations that share geography and values such as democracy, freedom, human rights, rule of law, and free trade."
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little thanked the Consul. "The relationship that we've had in Mexico in the past, but more importantly, the relationship that we have going forward is very important to us. We look forward to more relations, better relations that are mutually beneficial to both the people of Mexico and the people of Idaho," said Little.
This address was not in response to any sort of bill. Really, it was a chance for the Consul of Mexico to try to make a case for the Legislature keeping his country in mind when making economic and cultural policy.