Ottawa launches consultations on TPP deal with remaining members

Global Affairs' headquarters in Ottawa.

After months of very little public activity on the Trans-Pacific Partnership file, the Canadian government says it wants to know what Canadians think about a potential agreement with the remaining TPP members.

Global Affairs Canada, in a notice published in the Sept. 30th Canada Gazette, calls for views on a TPP deal with the other 10 countries that remain after the U.S. withdrew in January.

The Government of Canada is seeking the views of the Canadian public and interested Canadian stakeholders on a potential agreement with the remaining countries. The Government of Canada’s approach is one that puts the interests of Canadians and opportunities for the middle class, women, youth and Indigenous people front and centre. Given recent developments, this is an opportunity to re-evaluate what new opportunities may exist for Canadians, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, going forward and for Canada to set the terms of trade in the region. – Global Affairs Canada in Canada Gazette, September 30

Canadian negotiators, led by acting Associate Assistant Deputy Minister Bruce Christie, participated in a meeting with the remaining countries in Tokyo recently and are slated to meet again in Japan this month. They’re working on options to present to leaders, including Prime Minister Trudeau, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) summit in Vietnam in November.

“Discussions regarding a potential pathway forward towards a renewed and optimized agreement offer Canada the opportunity to strengthen links with Asia-Pacific partners, as well as provide economic and strategic benefits to Canada through significant preferential market access to the fast-growing markets of the Asia-Pacific region,” says the notice from Global Affairs.

The deadline for submitting views is October 30th, 2017.

Input can be sent via email or mail to:

[email protected]

Canada–Pacific Trade Consultations
Global Affairs Canada
Trade Negotiations Division (TCA)
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2

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