Getting Across the Finish Line: Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On October 18, Canada and the EU announced an agreement on the provisions of a Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA). The concessions that Canada was willing to make for the CETA may indicate a path forward in terms of finding the balance necessary to achieve a winning outcome with Asia Pacific countries, especially through Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. This article argues that as Canada proceeds with the TPP negotiations, it must bear in mind some tactical considerations to ensure that it maintains the trade gains achieved through NAFTA, and to gain improved access to other markets.

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