The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Status and Next Steps for Canada

(Disponible en français : Le Partenariat transpacifique : situation actuelle et prochaines étapes pour le Canada) With the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations frequently in the news, that agreement may be uppermost in the minds of legislators and Canadians. However, for Canada, gaining greater access to growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region would support efforts…

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Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Balanced for Canada’s Agricultural and Agri-Food Industry?

(Disponible en français : Le Partenariat transpacifique est-il équilibré pour le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire canadien?) On 5 November 2015, the Government of New Zealand released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP brings together 12 countries,[1] including Canada; in 2013 they accounted for over 35% [2] of the world’s gross domestic product. In…

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21st Century Trade Agreements: From NAFTA to the TPP

(Disponible en français : Accords commerciaux du 21e siècle : de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain au partenariat transpacifique) Given the size of its economy and relatively small population, Canada places considerable importance on international trade. It is not surprising that Canada has been negotiating bilateral and regional trade agreements in recent years, especially since members…