Citizen Action Monitor

Trudeau and Obama agree on TPP benefits, stop short of pledging implementation

“The TPP would advance objectives of shared prosperity, creating jobs, protecting workers and the environment and promoting sustainable economic development.” Really?

No 1613 Posted by fw, March 13, 2016

“Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama have highlighted the need to continue to facilitate trade between our two countries, to increase competitiveness and productivity and to support our integrated production networks at home and abroad.  To this end, they have instructed their ministers and officials to focus on key trade policy and commercial issues that can lead to further growth for our businesses and more jobs for our workers…. Canada and the U.S. share the goal of enhancing shared prosperity, creating jobs, protecting workers and the environment and promoting sustainable economic development. Recognizing that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which links together countries that represent nearly 40 percent of global Gross Domestic Product, would advance these objectives, Canada and the U.S. are working to complete their respective domestic processes.”

The above passage is selected from Fact Sheet: Canada – United States: Neighbours, Partners, Allies released by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, March 10, 2016

In the last sentence of this passage, the Prime Minister’s office skirts oh so close to pledging TPP implementation: “Canada and the U.S. are working to complete their respective domestic processes.”

At the very least, by agreeing that the TPP would advance positive benefits, has Trudeau not signaled his own pro-TPP preference?

Roger Jordan stated as much in his March 12 article, Trudeau pledges strengthened Canada-US partnership in White House visit published by the World Socialist Web Site. He states, categorically:

“On Thursday, the two leaders pledged to work towards implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) trade deal, the economic arm of Washington’s geostrategic offensive against Beijing.”

Alas, Jordan does not cite the source of his categorical assertion of “implementing” the TPP trade deal.

Nevertheless, there is a difference, subtle as it may be, between “completing their respective processes” and “implementing” the deal.

Admittedly, subtle or not, it’s still not unreasonable to infer from the above selected passage that our PM does favour ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And wouldn’t this be tantamount to prejudging the TPP’s probable benefits before the qualitative and quantitative assessments and public consultations are completed?

Time will tell.

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