Harper Says Canada Hasn’t Made Trans-Pacific Concessions

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government hasn’t made any concessions as part of its invitation to join negotiations for a Pacific-region trade agreement, though the country will have to accept any progress that has already been made.

Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, was invited today to join nine nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a day after Mexico received a similar offer.

“Canada has not agreed to any specific measures in terms of an eventual” agreement, Harper told reporters today in Los Cabos, Mexico, where he was attending a meeting of Group of 20 leaders. “There is an accession process so we don’t disrupt the negotiations.”

“We’re obviously not going to try and undo what’s been done but these negotiations in our judgment are at fairly preliminary phases right now,” Harper said.

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