CBC: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing
Harper might want to stretch the TPP bargaining to minimize electoral risks. But in the middle of an election, the timing is not really up to Canada. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC Pity Ed Fast's campaign manager in Abbotsford, B.C.
While most MPs running for re-election are focused on campaigning, Stephen Harper's trade minister is in Maui, Hawaii, this week to see if there's a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal Canada can sign on to.
It's an agreement, the prime minister said in June, that's "essential" for Canada, establishing a basis for trade among not only the 12 Pacific Rim countries at the table, but others who could join later — like China, India or the Philippines.
But as ministerial talks begin Tuesday, Fast faces awkward timing.
Newly enabled by fast-track authority from the U.S. Congress, the Americans and Japanese speak of concluding a deal now, and finalizing by the end of the year, before 2016 elections.
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