TPP trade deal talks move forward despite Canada wobble

From BBC - November 10, 2017

Eleven Pacific rim nations including Canada are moving ahead with talks for a resuscitated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The fate of the talks was briefly up in the air after Canada was accused of getting cold feet at the last minute and stalling an agreement.

Leaders from Asia-Pacific nations are meeting in Vietnam to push ahead with the massive trade deal without the US.

Canada's trade minister now says good progress has been made on a deal.

Franois-Philippe Champagne also denied that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had deliberately skipped a leaders' meeting on the TPP on Friday and blamed his no-show on a scheduling mix-up.

"There was never an intention not to show up at any meeting," he said.

Mr Champagne said Canada wanted more time to look over certain provisions in the agreement, including those related to the auto sector.

Mr Trudeau said earlier in the week that Canada would not be rushed into a renewed TPP deal.


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