Trudeau’s mischief with the TPP isn’t just bizarre. It’s bad for Canada

After some dramatic and inappropriate to and fro by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Asia over the weekend, it appears that Canada has condescended to proceed with continuing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty — provided that the provisions around intellectual property (IP) are dropped. There is absolutely no sound or even plausible policy for dropping them. Canada should proceed with the whole treaty. What could have led the prime minister to abandon that plan favour of a last-minute whim?