Ottawa, September 17, 2015 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce applauds renewed progress in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and urges the Government of Canada to conclude an agreement when trade ministers meet later this month.
“At a time when Canadians are deciding who they want to lead them through difficult economic times, it’s important for all parties need to get behind this ground-breaking agreement. This massive trade deal is the on-ramp to the world economy.” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Canada cannot afford to wait or walk away from this agreement”.
A wide-ranging TPP will support Canada’s current free trade agreements, attract more foreign investment and strengthen our global competitiveness. The TPP will also give Canadian businesses improved access to 800 million consumers across eleven countries, representing nearly 40 percent of global economic activity.
“Trade negotiations are never easy, especially on the backdrop of an election. Canada and its partners have difficult decisions to make. The TPP will have to offer real market access and respect the integrity of the North American production platform. There will be challenges for various sectors in this deal, huge opportunities for others. The key is to have confidence that Canadians can compete. We have the skills and the ambitions. We need to hear from politicians what they can do to support us” said Mr. Beatty.
“Most of all, we cannot let the chance to be part of such a significant agreement go by without acting”, he concluded.
The Canadian Chamber encourages our negotiators to take the decisions that will advance the country’s trade agenda. A positive and comprehensive agreement, well implemented, will open up new opportunities for Canadian business and grow Canada’s trade and investment.
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G. Will Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce