This Web page has been archived on the Web

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.

Statement by Minister Fast on Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 20, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today issued the following statement marking the conclusion of Canada’s bilateral consultations regarding Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): 

“Canada has successfully concluded its consultations with Japan. These consultations have been informed by a robust and ongoing engagement with Canadian stakeholders, and it’s that engagement that helped inform this process.

“Canada and Japan have a long history of economic cooperation. We look forward to continuing to work together to deepen our trade and investment relationship in a manner that will generate significant benefits for hard-working people in both our countries.

“In fact, we are already working closely with Japan toward a bilateral economic partnership agreement.

“The TPP offers a tremendous opportunity to expand Canada’s partnerships in Asia while further strengthening existing relationships in the Americas. Concluding an agreement with our TPP partners that advances Canadian interests is a key part of our government’s ambitious pro-trade plan.

“Opening new markets for Canada’s exporters in fast-growing Asia-Pacific economies is key to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Follow us on Twitter: @Canada_Trade