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TPP Table of Contents links to documents on Government of Canada Web Site

ToC reveals the dearth of original new content the Liberals have added to their TPP web site.

No 1589 Posted by fw, February 8, 2016


1/ The following Table of Contents (ToC) is accurate as of February 8, 2016

2/ The purpose of the ToC is to facilitate quick and easy navigation and access to TPP documents on the Government of Canada website

3/ All headings, subheadings, document titles and other content are copied from the web site

4/ Unless otherwise noted, the dates shown in parentheses – e.g. (Oct 4, 2015) — at the end of a line of text refers to the date the document was added to the web site. This date usually appears in the bottom right corner of the web page but may also refer to the date of accompanying text.

5/ Any web page or content dated prior to the federal election date of October 19, 2015 was added under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

6/ The web page and content dates indicate that most of the TPP material was added by the Harper government, and subsequently retained by the Liberal government.

7/ It’s worth noting that a content analysis of the entries under the Outcomes heading, all created by the Harper government, present glowing, pro-TPP benefits. Consider, for example, this selection of biased words and phrases drawn from the New Brunswick Outcomes entry — the word ‘advantage(s)’ appears 14 times as in “advantages of TPP” and in “main advantages”; wording such as “Opening new markets for products”; “The TPP will significantly improve market access opportunities…”; “TPP will eliminate the majority of remaining tariffs on industrial goods…”; “…significant potential for strong, long-term demand for the minerals and metals…” and more.

The New Brunswick entry is not an exception. In browsing other entries in the Outcomes category, it appears as though a boilerplate template may have been used in all cases. Moreover, keep in mind that the Harper government’s favourable forecasts were prepared before the TPP has even been subjected to a rigorous, methodological assessment of its merits.

8/ Is it significant, one wonders, that the Trudeau government has neither revised any of the Harper content, nor added much new content of its own? One might reasonably infer that the Liberals endorse the Harper government’s highly biased, pro-TPP interpretations of the trade agreement.

9/ The paucity of original, substantive TPP content from the Liberals is telling, especially given the prime minister’s repeated emphasis that his government would be “open and transparent”. What, one might ask, is his operational definition of ‘transparent’? Would that he would tell us so that we will be able to recognize intellectual added value if and when we bump into it.

Consider, for example, Michael Geist’s comment on the lack of transparency on the government’s TPP web pages:

…the government’s emphasis on transparency must extend to the TPP consultations. That requires more than just listing consultation events or inviting the public to email their views. There should be public events streamed online and outcomes from other meetings should be posted online. Moreover, Canadians should have access to consultation submissions (with individual privacy protected as desired) to allow them to better gauge the public response.



Consulting Canadians on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Not dated)

Related Links

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Feb 4, 2016)

Text of the TPP Agreement (Feb 4, 2016)

Text of Agreement (Page not dated – Source New Zealand)

Side instruments involving Canada (Nov 5, 2016)

Joint Declaration of the Macroeconomic Policy Authorities of Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries (Nov 5, 2016)

Summary of the Agreement (Dec 1, 2015)

National Treatment and Market Access for Goods (Oct 1, 2015)

Textiles and Apparel (Oct 4, 2015)

Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures (Oct 4, 2015)

Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation (Oct 4, 2015)

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (Oct 4, 2015)

Technical Barriers to Trade (Oct 4, 2015)

Trade Remedies (Oct 4, 2015)

Investment (Oct 4, 2015)

Cross-Border Trade in Services (Oct 7, 2015)

Financial Services (Oct 5, 2015)

Temporary Entry for Business Persons (Oct 7, 2015)

Telecommunications (Oct 1, 2015)

Electronic Commerce (Oct 1, 2015)

Government Procurement (Oct 4, 2015)

Competition Policy (Oct 1, 2015)

State-Owned Enterprises and Designated Monopolies (Oct 1, 2015)

Intellectual Property (Oct 1, 2015)

Labour (Oct 1, 2015)

Environment (Oct 1, 2015)

Development (Oct 4, 2015)

Competitiveness and Business Facilitation (Oct 1, 2015)

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Oct 4, 2015)

Regulatory Coherence (Oct 1, 2015)

Transparency and Anticorruption (Oct 1, 2015)

Institutional Provisions (Oct 13, 2015)

Dispute Settlement (Oct 1, 2015)

Summary of the Tariff Schedule (Oct 1, 2015)

Consulting Canadians (circular link back to Top of Table of Contents)

Outcomes (Nov 30, 2015)

By sectors

Agricultural and Agri-food Products (Oct 5, 2015)

Fish and Seafood (Oct 5, 2015)

Forestry and Value-added Wood Products (Oct 4, 2015)

Services and Financial Services (Oct 7, 2015)

Industrial Goods and Consumer Products (Oct 7, 2015)

For provinces and territories

Newfoundland and Labrador (Oct 4, 2015)

Nova Scotia (Oct 4, 2015)

Prince Edward Island (Oct 4, 2015)

New Brunswick (Oct 4, 2015)

Quebec (Oct 4, 2015)

Ontario (Oct 4, 2015)

Manitoba (Oct 4, 2015)

Saskatchewan (Oct 4, 2015)

Alberta (Oct 5, 2015)

British Columbia (Oct 5, 2015)

Yukon (Oct 5, 2015)

Northwest Territories (Oct 5, 2015)

Nunavut (Oct 5, 2015)

Country fact sheets (Oct 6, 2015)

Australia (Oct 7, 2015)

Brunei Darussalam (Oct 7, 2015)

Chile (Oct 7, 2015)

Japan (Oct 7, 2015)

Malaysia (Oct 7, 2015)

Mexico (Oct 7, 2015)

New Zealand (Oct 7, 2015)

Peru (Oct 7, 2015)

Singapore (Oct 7, 2015)

United States of America (Oct 7, 2015)

Vietnam (Oct 7, 2015)

Related documents

Open letter to Canadians (by Chrystia Freeland Jan 25, 2016)

Joint statements

Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers’ Statement – October 5, 2015

Trade Ministers’ Report to Leaders – November 10, 2014

Statement of the Ministers and Heads of Delegation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries – October 27, 2014

TPP Ministers’ Statement, Singapore – May 20, 2014

TPP Ministers’ Statement, Singapore – February 25, 2014

TPP Ministers’ Statement, Singapore – December 10, 2013

TPP Leaders’ Statement, Indonesia – October 8, 2013

TPP Trade Ministers’ Report to Leaders, Indonesia – October 8, 2013

Round 19 – Brunei (page not found)

Round 18 – Malaysia (page not found)

Round 17 – Peru (page not found)

Round 16 – Singapore (Mar 16, 2013)

Round 15 – Australia (page not found)

Chronology of events and key milestones (updated Feb 4, 2016)

TPP Official Signing Ceremony: Auckland (February 4, 2016)

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Atlanta (September 30 to October 5, 2015)

TPP Officials’ Meeting: Guam (May 14 – 28, 2015)

TPP Officials’ Meeting: Maryland (April 23 – 26, 2015)

TPP Officials’ Meeting: Hawaii (March 9 – 15, 2015)

TPP Officials’ Meeting: New York City (January 26-February 1)

TPP Officials’ Meeting: Washington, D.C. (December 2014)

TPP Leaders’ and Ministers’ Meeting: Beijing, China (November 2014)

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Sydney (October 2014)

TPP Officials Meeting: Hanoi, Vietnam (September 2014)

TPP Officials Meeting (July 2014)

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (May 2014)

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (February 2014)

TPP Ministerial Meeting: Singapore (December 2013)

Chief Negotiators’ Meeting: Salt Lake City, Utah (November 19-24)

TPP Leaders’ and Ministers’ Meeting: Bali, Indonesia (October 3, 4 and 6, 2013)

Round 19: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (August 22 to 30, 2013)

Round 18: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (July 15 to 25, 2013)

Priority Markets (Oct 4, 2015)

Economic modelling to identify markets with high-growth potential given Canadian industrial capabilities and competitive advantages;

Analysis of potential sources of capital, technology and talent;

Key regional trading blocs and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners for Canada;

Core hubs in global value chains; and

Guidance from key Canadian industry sectors.

TPP Consultations (last updated Feb 4, 2016)

Chronological list of all Minister Freeland’s consultation meeting with names of participants, their organizations, dates of meetings and photos. No summaries of meeting agendas or outcomes.


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