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NO TPP RENEGOTIATION — Canada agrees to move ahead quickly to adopt the US-led trade pact

A day of infamy — Monday September 12, 2016, the 12 TPP signatories agreed that they will not renegotiate the deal.

No 1774 Posted by fw, September 13, 2016

PM Trudeau has betrayed our trust. It’s looking more and more like average Canadian citizens and progressive interest groups have been had by Trudeau’s faux TPP consultation process, a façade of participatory democracy if ever there was one. Our PM appears to have stepped out of the closet and showed his true neoliberal qualities by playing to the economic elites and organized groups representing business interests. Canada, like the US, is indeed an oligarchy, not a democracy. So much for Real Change.

The following article, reposted below, was published by The Japan Times.

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TPP members agree not to renegotiate sweeping free trade deal by The Japan Times, September 12, 2016

The 12 countries that signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact earlier this year agreed Monday that they will not renegotiate the deal, Japan’s TPP minister Nobuteru Ishihara said.

The minister also told reporters the 12 nations confirmed they will move ahead with domestic processes quickly to adopt the U.S.-led trade pact.

Ishihara’s remarks came after he joined ambassadors and other representatives from 11 countries for a TPP meeting at the official residence of U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo.

The gathering was held amid growing speculation the deal may not take effect despite its signing in February, as the main candidates in the U.S. presidential election — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton — have both criticized the pact.

Kennedy said U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to make efforts to get Congress to endorse the TPP by the end of the year, the Cabinet Office in Japan said.

Ishihara told reporters later that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s team will work to ratify TPP at the extra Diet session expected to start on Sept. 26. The TPP would let Abe claim progress in structural reforms — the missing third arrow of his sputtering Abenomics growth strategy.

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