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February 9, 2012

Canada needs a seat at negotiations toward a new Trans-Pacific Partnership on trade to reap the full benefits of doing business with the emerging powerhouse economies of East Asia, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In Can Canada join the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Why wanting it is not enough, trade expert Dr. Laura Dawson notes the new trade pact could eventually account for half of global output and 40 percent of world trade. “Membership would position Canada to build trade ties with Asia’s rising economic powers, whose double-digit growth rates far outshine those in the West,” notes Dr. Dawson. “Canada is coming late to the talks. The question now is whether Canada can join the action.”

 

Laura Dawson