MP McLeod encourages constituents to have their say on Trans-Pacific Partnership

Report from Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson

KAMLOOPS – Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo encourages all constituents with an interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to have their say.

The House of Commons’ International Trade Committee is conducting a pre-study of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and has put a call out to Canadians for written submissions and requests to appear before the Committee.

“The TPP is an important trade deal for Canada’s exporters because it will grant them access to 800 million consumers with a combined GDP of $29 trillion. That’s over 14 times the size of Canada’s economy,” said McLeod.

“This is a deal that will benefit farmers, business owners and manufacturers, and it is at risk of not being ratified by the current Liberal government,” stated McLeod. “We need to ensure that those who will benefit from the TPP have their voices heard loud and clear.”

The primary objective of the study is to assess the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians. The study will result in a report to be presented in the House of Commons.

Anyone wishing to provide written submissions must do so before midnight on April 30, and they are not to be more than 1500 words and emailed to: ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca.

The Committee expects to hold hearings across Canada over the coming months.

Once cross-country hearings are confirmed, information will be provided about dates and locations.

Anyone who wishes to appear as a witness can send their name and contact information to the Clerk of the Committee at: ciit-tpp-ptp@parl.gc.ca.

 

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