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Open Up Agriculture Sector if Canada Wants in on Free-Trade Deal: U.S.

Posted May 01, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Canada must open up its agriculture sector if it wants to be part of a major, 12-country, free-trade deal, the U.S. government said Thursday.

An administration official suggested that Canada still hadn’t made the concessions necessary for entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which she said could be wrapped up soon.

“The question of Canada’s participation in the TPP — I think, really, that’s something that’s going to be up to Canada,” Catherine Novelli, the U.S. undersecretary of state, told a media briefing.  

“All the other countries are making very strong commitments, including on agriculture. Agriculture is always difficult, and we’re all going to put on the table commitments. So the question is: what’s the level of ambition that the Canadian government has?

“We would love to have Canada be part of the agreement … I think that’s a judgment the Canadian government’s going to have to make.” Click here to read more.