The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What does it say about the parties’ positions on trade?

The 1988 federal election was memorable for being a campaign fought on the issue of free trade. Then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney campaigned on opening up free trade with the United States while the opposition Liberals and NDP fought against it.

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has elevated the issue of trade in this election. The opposition parties raised concerns that the government should not have signed the agreement while in “caretaker mode” during the election. The government responded saying the deal was vital to the interests of the Canadian economy and they could not afford to stay on the sidelines.

Click on my issues page to see where the major parties stand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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