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?

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  • General P. Malaise

    there is a big reason for dropping the protection of intellectual property. CHINA.

    Yes I am aware China is not part of TPP …yet. but when obama was the faux president he was bringing in China once the deal was set. No country could pass it by their citizens if they knew China would be in under the rules they are signing on to.

    justine has not only sold out to islam but China too.

  • Exile1981

    The whole trade deal stinks. Scrap the whole thing.

  • andycanuck

    There’s nothing wrong with him dropping out of TPP if that’s his government’s wish but not attending the meeting shows he’s a clown.

    • 2maxpower

      he/it/justine will sign on to the TPP. that was never the question of his/its minders.

      the hilarious part is he wants cultural protections. HAAHAHAHA, didn’t he say Canada didn’t have a culture?

  • Liberal Progressive

    Justin has to do what he believes is best for the world even if it isn’t good for Canada because it’s 2017!

  • Shebel

    I think it was the ‘Intellectual Property ‘ part that had Justin perplexed.

  • JJ Joseph

    There was plenty of people on all sides who were upset by the TPP’s copyright proposals. Most Canadians were fed up with the blatant shakedowns by US-based copyright trolls that went on before the Copyright Modernization Act put a stop to the practice. The TPP was going to go back in time, to toughen up copyright as the American media moguls demanded, up to jailing Canadians for illegal photocopying and downloading of songs. I’m not a Trudeau fan, but this time he made the right move in blocking the TPP IP agenda.

  • simus1

    Seriously doubt any of his Canadian based Liberal friendly heavy duty rent seekers have the clout to jerk Shiny Pony around to the extent demonstrated. Outsider/ insider oligarchs and China seem far more logical.

  • Sharkibark

    I think Justin’s favourite country in the world – China – pressured him into it.