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Canada Hopeful TPP Can Survive Without U.S., Trade Minister Says

  • Trudeau envoy vows to pursue all options as Trump takes power
  • Champagne sees recent EU pact as template for future deals
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Trump Signs Executive Order to Withdraw From TPP

Canada will consider pursuing a new multilateral Pacific Rim trade deal now that President Donald Trump has signaled the U.S. is abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in an interview Friday shortly before Trump’s inauguration Canada would consider all its options with fellow TPP states, including whether a new deal can be salvaged without U.S. participation. The new president hammered on an “America First” message in his speech, and the administration immediately vowed to withdraw from the Pacific deal in a policy statement posted to the revamped White House website.