TPP deal ‘in best interests’ of Canadian economy, Stephen Harper says
By Janyce McGregor, CBC News | 5 October 2015
Canada has become a founding member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trading block . . .
May’s concerns about an alleged lack of transparency around the deal were echoed by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair . . .
He demanded that the Conservatives release a full text of the agreement before Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 19. He repeated his previous position that an NDP government would not be bound by what amounts to a “secret deal” that sacrifices farming families and betrays the auto sector, signed by the Tories just weeks head of election day.
“If elected, Canada will not be party of an agreement that removes 200,000 Canadians jobs — period,” he told the crowd of supporters. . . .
The 12 countries in the TPP are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam.
A “comprehensive” text of the agreement in principle will be released “in the coming days,” officials said Monday. Each country will need to ratify the final text of the deal before it takes effect. In Canada, that will take the form of a vote in Parliament, following the election.