CCA welcomes Canada’s formal entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that Canada has formally joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as announced today by the Government of Canada. Canada is the 11th country to be included in the TTP negotiations.

The Canadian beef industry is highly export dependent and the CCA thanks the Government of Canada for taking action that will increase market access. Canada’s intention to join the TPP was first announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November 2011 and we were formally invited to join in June at the G-20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The TPP has the potential to boost more than trade. CCA President Martin Unrau said the TPP platform provides a unique opportunity to address unfair trade advantages, to achieve compliance with existing international standards and to create new standards within the TPP region that have not been achievable globally.

“In the CCA’s view, the TPP is the ideal vehicle to address core issues of competitiveness among TPP partners as well as set the bar for adherence to international science-based guidelines,” he said.