Canada will sign the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal but may still not Ratify It

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the Canadian government will sign the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement in New Zealand on February 4th. However, this does not mean that the government will necessarily ratify the deal.

Minister Freeland indicated the text of the deal would be introduced in Parliament before a decision is made. A majority vote in the House of Commons would be required to ratify the deal.

The minister recently concluded a series of public consultations on the deal. She indicated that some Canadians have serious reservations about what the TPP would mean for Canada.

The deal at this point in the process can no longer be re-negotiated.

The Conservative Party has shown support for the deal, having been in government while it was negotiated.

Canadians that want to express support or concerns regarding the TPP should contact their member of parliament.

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