Canada Set to Discuss All Issues in Pacific Talks
(Reuters – Ron Popeski)
A tariff structure that supports domestic farmers should not be a barrier to Canada’s entry to a pan-Pacific trade pact, although all issues are up for negotiation, Canada’s trade minister said on Wednesday. Ed Fast, interviewed in Singapore at the end of a tour of Southeast Asia, said most of the nine countries working toward the conclusion of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal supported Canada’s entry into the negotiations.
He declined to say which countries did not back the plans. News reports have suggested Australia and New Zealand are unhappy about Canada’s supply management support program for poultry and egg producers, a network of marketing boards and quotas intended to keep markets stable and ensure farm incomes. Some reports suggest U.S. support is not guaranteed. Read more here.
Date: February 15, 2012