Canadian pursuit of TPP a wise trade strategy

Canada’s decision to pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 10 Asian countries, including Japan, should be a given, but it’s worth noting just why this matters, especially with the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement in doubt. Canada stands to benefit in most sectors of the economy with a TPP11 deal, even more […] Read more


Years of negotiations may reap benefits

Threats to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement and trash the Trans-Pacific Partnership send a chill down the spines of Canadians whose livelihoods depend on trade. And while the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump administration’s action plan is not yet clear, it is crystal clear that Canada’s past and future depend on trade. Canada […] Read more


Will the U.S. kill the TPP?

There is one important issue where it doesn’t matter whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump won this week’s U.S. presidential election. Both candidates were dead set against passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and that spells the end to the world’s biggest free trade deal, says an international trade lawyer. “Even if other countries started to […] Read more



Japan deal vital if TPP gets axe

If the Trans Pacific Partnership founders, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association wants the federal government to pursue a separate free trade agreement with Japan. None of the 12 member countries have ratified the deal, but if the United States turns it down, the entire agreement could fail, the CCA foreign trade committee was told during the […] Read more


CCA formulating back-up plan if TPP trade deal fails

If the Trans Pacific Partnership flounders, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association wants the federal government to pursue a separate free trade agreement with Japan. None of the 12 member countries have ratified the deal, however if the United States says no, the entire agreement could die, the CCA foreign trade committee was told during the Canada […] Read more



Canadian producers celebrate TPP signing

Farmers will see real gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, said a happy and relieved Canola Council of Canada vice-president Feb. 3, the day the deal was signed. It was a sentiment shared by multiple Canadian farm sectors that produce commodities that are exported, and by food producers who ship goods outside of Canada’s tiny domestic […] Read more


TPP signed in New Zealand

After five years of negotiation, Canada joined 11 other countries in New Zealand to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. The signature from officials is the first step in the historic agreement, said New Zealand trade minister Todd McClay in a statement read by all 12 ministers. “TPP will set a new standard for trade […] Read more


Opposition uses TPP deal as political fodder

When the 12 country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was announced, it instantly became the dominant talking point on the federal election campaign trail. The NDP has already said it might tear up the deal, while the Liberals are waiting for more details. The deal was announced with just 14 days to go in the federal […] Read more



Beef, pork producers cheer outcome of TPP agreement

Some people expressed worry that supply management would be a 
sticking point that would force Canada to withdraw from the negotiating table

Doug Gillespie didn’t join millions of others in following the live public announcement that Canada and 11 other nations had successfully completed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. “I was out riding,” the cattle producer from Neville, Sask., said a few hours after the announcement. He had been busy, sitting on the back of his horse […] Read more


Grain, oilseed sectors cheer

Farmers, processors and exporters in Canada’s grains and oilseeds sector could see huge financial benefits — potentially worth more than a billion dollars a year — from the implementation of Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, say TPP supporters. But implementation of the deal could take as long as two years and many of the trade benefits stemming […] Read more