Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) supports the Government of Canada’s intention to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to encourage and enhance trade relationships with the crucial Asia-Pacific region.
Announced recently by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s interest in joining the negotiations on the nine country TPP trade deal follows a similar expression of interest from Japan, also an important market for Canada’s livestock industry.
CCA President Travis Toews said joining the TPP countries of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States, could be beneficial for Canada’s cattle industry, especially if Japan joins the pact. The possibility to address Japan’s 38.5 per cent tariff on beef is a key objective for Canadian beef producers, he said.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz said the Government of Canada’s top priority is the economy, in which Canada’s livestock industry plays a vital role. “Canada has expressed our willingness to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and we believe an ambitious and balanced outcome will help further growth and prosperity for our cattlemen and livestock industry,” the Minister said.
Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada intends to join the TPP at the recent Asia-Pacific summit in Hawaii.