The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better known as the TPP, is an 11 nation trade agreement that includes the key country of Japan. | Screencap via Twitter/@JustinTrudeau

Ottawa moves to ratify TPP-11

In a week where Italy threatened to blow up the Canada-European Union free trade deal and the U.S. formally imposed $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, there was actually some good news for Canadian farmers. The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better […] Read more

The federal government announced Jan. 23 that Canada had agreed to a revised version of the TPP. The deal is formally known as the Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact with Japan and nine other Pacific nations. | Michelle Houlden graphic

Japan key in new TPP deal

OTTAWA — Canadian farmers should be doing a Snoopy-like dance of joy over the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, says an agricultural trade expert who served Canada for three decades. That’s because the deal opens up the Japanese market, a feat that would have been nearly impossible in a Canada-Japan free […] Read more

The writer argues that the American dairy industry loses its chance to improve access to Canada’s market if the North American Free Trade Agreement re-negotiation ends in failure.  |  File photo

Opinion: Dairy progress off table if NAFTA fails

To the U.S. dairy industry: Your industry has a window of opportunity for improving access to the Canadian dairy market. However, that window will close if the North American Free Trade Agreement talks fail. Your chances for improved access will be even worse if the United States withdraws from NAFTA. U.S. negotiators have made poison-pill […] Read more


WP Editorial: Dairy concerns legitimate but TPP still a no-brainer

It has become inevitable that any comprehensive trade deal Canada signs results in the surrender of part of its supply management system. However, exclusion from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership — we call it the TPP-11 — was never an option. Canada’s exports to South Korea, for example, plunged when that country […] Read more

Capital Letters: Slow progress at NAFTA talks prolongs the uncertainty

If there’s one line that emerged in Montreal this week on NAFTA, it’s this: progress is being made, but there’s still quite a ways to go. The sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation wrapped up in Montreal Jan. 29 — nine days after trade officials first descended on the city. Despite “significant” […] Read more


U.S. could be big loser if NAFTA dies

OTTAWA — Late January isn’t the best time for a trip to Canada, but a group of U.S. farmers, including one from southern Texas, travelled to Montreal Jan. 26 to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement. The farmers and most U.S. agricultural groups are terrified that President Donald Trump will rip up the trade […] Read more

An agricultural economist at Laval University says he is troubled by the stagnation in supply management because he thinks there are obvious ways to improve the system. | File photo

Supply management accused of refusing to make changes

OTTAWA — As a university professor, Bruno Larue is used to handing out grades. Larue, an agricultural economist at Laval University, normally gives them out to students, but on occasion he also rates organizations and institutions. In the case of Canada’s supply management system, Larue gives it an A+ — for preserving its structure and […] Read more

The future of trade for the Canadian
agriculture industry is looking bright with the recent announcement of
the new Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), according to Farm Credit Canada. | File photo

The new TPP good for Canadian ag, according to FCC

WINNIPEG, Jan. 30 (CNS) – The future of trade for the Canadian agriculture industry is looking bright with the recent announcement of the new Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). According to Farm Credit Canada (FCC), any time Canada can get less restricted access to markets it is good for agriculture. “We can open up […] Read more


TPP is critical for Canada's pork producers and processors, who export more than a $1 billion in pork annually to Japan. | File photo

Ag exporters worry about Ottawa’s TPP reluctance

Exporters of agricultural commodities and food are worried, very worried, that Canada will not be part of the new Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. In a statement released today, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) said if Canada isn’t part of TPP, now known as the CPTPP, it could affect the “livelihoods of nearly a […] Read more

International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, right, attended the Trans Pacific Partnership ministerial meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, last fall, where Canada was accused by some of jeopardizing the talks. The government is now being urged to do what it takes to get a deal signed before it’s too late.  |  REUTERS/Na Son Nguyen photo

TPP window may be closing

A long-time civil servant and trade observer says Japan wants the new TPP trade deal signed, but it won’t wait forever — Canada must overcome its reluctance and get on board

When it comes to free trade agreements, timing is nearly everything. The right politicians and political parties must be in power. As well, economic conditions must be right so citizens support the deal. That’s why Canada must act quickly to get a trade deal with Japan, says a distinguished fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation […] Read more