Pacific FTA eludes Canada

Canada has been shut out of a potentially historic Pacific free trade agreement involving the United States and seven other countries, reported the Globe and Mail. When asked in 2006 to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations that only recently got under way in Australia, the Harper government refused, largely to protect the Quebec and Ontario dairy industry from foreign competition. While Canada hasn't formally asked to join, it reportedly has been told it is too late.

Published: Wednesday, 04/14/2010 12:00 am EDT

Canada has been shut out of a potentially historic Pacific free trade agreement involving the United States and seven other countries, reported the Globe and Mail. When asked in 2006 to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations that only recently got under way in Australia, the Harper government refused, largely to protect the Quebec and Ontario dairy industry from foreign competition. While Canada hasn't formally asked to join, it reportedly has been told it is too late.

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