Survey shows Canadians’ support for TPP has surged

(Photo: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority)

Canadians’ support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership has nearly doubled since early 2016, according to new survey results from the Angus Reid Institute.

59 percent of Canadians now say they support the TPP, up from 32 percent in Angus Reid’s last survey, conducted in early 2016. (The survey included a representative randomized sample of 1504 Canadian adults and took place October 24-27.)

The report was released ahead of the APEC meeting in Vietnam next week, where there’s a chance the remaining 11 TPP countries could finalize a deal on the sidelines. Negotiators from the TPP countries reportedly made progress on while meeting in Japan this week.

“The momentum towards (an agreement) at the meeting in Da Nang (Vietnam) has significantly increased,” Japan’s chief TPP negotiator told Reuters.

Canadian agriculture groups have been pushing the federal government to move ahead with an updated TPP after the U.S. withdrew earlier this year, but there’s been speculation that a lack of public support, especially in some key urban ridings, has reduced the Liberals’ eagerness to close the deal.

(Source: Angus Reid Institute — click image to read report)

Soy Canada, the Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canola Council of Canada, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council and their umbrella trade group, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, have publicly called on the Canadian government to move forward on the TPP leading up to next week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders, are planning to attend the APEC meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam at the end of next week.

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Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor and radio host for RealAgriculture and RealAg Radio. He's been reporting on agriculture on the prairies and across Canada since 2008(ish). He farms with his family near Altona, Manitoba, and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin. @realag_kelvin

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