Canada Joining Talks on Massive New Free-Trade Bloc

Canada joining talks on massive new free-trade bloc

LOS CABOS, Mexico — Canada will join negotiations on a major international free-trade agreement — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — which promises to both boost economic growth and bring controversy in its wake

The announcement was made Tuesday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the G20 summit, where political leaders also were poised to release a communique urging greater global economic growth and tighter financial controls in debt-crippled Europe.

“Opening new markets and creating new business opportunities leads to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” Harper said in a statement released as he met U.S. President Barack Obama.

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