Post Tagged with: "trans pacific partnership"

Canadian Government Establishes Two-Tier Approach for Trade Talks: Insiders and Everyone Else

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 4, 2013 as Canada’s Two-Tier Approach to Trade Talks As the future of the proposed Canada – European Union Trade Agreement becomes increasingly uncertain – the EU has been unwilling to compromise on the remaining contentious issues leaving the Canadian government with a […]

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May 7, 2013 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

TPP Negotiations Present Far More Questions Than Answers

Peter Clark posts an opinion piece at iPolitics that raises many questions with the Trans Pacific Partnership. Clark notes that “the TPP will not be worth much to Canada” given that we already have trade agreements with the U.S., Mexico, Chile and Peru.

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October 15, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canada Officially Joins Trans Pacific Partnership Talks

After months of delays, Canada (and Mexico) have officially joined the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. The next round of talks is scheduled to take place in New Zealand in December.

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October 9, 2012 4 comments Must Reads

What’s Behind Canada’s Entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks?

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama formally extended an invitation to Canada to join the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, a proposed trade deal that includes the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam (Mexico was also added last week). Supporters have lauded the TPP as potentially the world’s most important trade pact and the Canadian government spent months crossing the globe to lobby for an invitation.

Yet dig beneath the heady promises and my weekly technology law column (homepage version, Toronto Star version) notes that the benefits for Canada are hard to identify. The price of admission was very steep – Canada appears to have agreed to conditions that grant it second-tier status – and the economic benefits from improved access to TPP economies are likely to be relatively minor since we already have free trade agreements with four of the ten participants.

Given those conditions, why aggressively pursue entry into the negotiations?

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June 28, 2012 10 comments Columns

The Yes Men Crash the TPP Party

The Yes Men crashed the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations on Friday, awarding a fake 2012 Corporate Power Tool Award to the negotiators and distributing hundreds of rolls of TPP toilet paper.

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May 14, 2012 1 comment Must Reads