There’s no turning back for Canada in TPP talks
By Top Crop Manager
Ministers and chief negotiators are meeting this week in Atlanta in a final effort to strike a deal on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. For the Harper government, and indeed all for all the major political parties in Canada, the timing of this meeting in the middle of the federal election campaign poses huge challenges.
The biggest challenge here is to make sure that Canada's competitive export industries do not become the big losers. That is exactly what will happen if it is not part of a final TPP deal. Without improved access to Japan, these industries will almost certainly see existing market access dwindle, primarily in the red meat, grains and oil seeds sectors, as most of Canada's major competitors – the U.S., Australia, New Zealand – will be part of the TPP.
READ MORE in The Globe and Mail.