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Canada will not rush into Pacific free trade deal

Staff Writer | November 9, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada would not rush headlong into a free trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries.
Justin Trudeau
Trade talks   11 Pacific Rim countries
Canada has pushed for “progressive” clauses to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that are similar to sticking points in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, namely environment, labor rights and gender equality.

But several TPP countries, including communist Vietnam, where dissent is not well tolerated, are not likely to want to include those measures.

Trudeau was asked by a reporter in Vietnam if significant “progressive” measures were not part of the revised pact, would he walk away from the table.

“We believe that progressive, solid trade deals can help citizens of all sorts in different countries at different levels of development and our (government) ministers are very much focused on that,” Trudeau said.

“But let me, of course, remind everyone that Canada will not be rushed into a deal that is not in the best interests of Canada and of Canadians.

“I can assure people that we will not be rushed into signing a deal at all costs.”