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Canada expected to join Trans-Pacific Partnership: Queen's University expert

2012-06-25

Queen’s University School of Policy Studies professor and trade expert Robert Wolfe is available to talk about Canada joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Reports say Stephen Harper will make an announcement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as early as today in Mexico at the G20 summit. The agreement would link three members of the North American Free Trade Agreement with eight Pacific-region nations.

“The government's [likely] announcements today reflect a recognition that the trade policy environment is rapidly changing, as the centre of gravity in global governance continues to shift from the North Atlantic, and its focus on the major powers of Europe, to the countries that ring the Pacific, hence the importance of participation in the TPP negotiations,” says Professor Wolfe. “The emergence of China as a major player in all dimensions of global life — economic, diplomatic, military, cultural and environmental—motivates the current reorientation of Canadian trade policy strategy.”

Professor Wolfe is a prolific writer on multilateral trade policy and the World Trade Organization. From 1976 to 1995, Dr. Wolfe was a foreign service officer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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