Canada has agreed to a resurrected version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and will sign on to the deal.
The deal, renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, comes after talks in Japan this week with the 11 countries still committed to the deal.
“We are happy to confirm the achievement of a significant outcome on culture as well as an improved arrangement on autos with Japan, along with the suspension of many intellectual property provisions of concern to Canadian stakeholders,” said International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne in a statement.
Sources say Canada made “real gains” on the pact’s labour and environment chapters, and suspended what the government saw as a problematic dispute settlement provisions and an intellectual property section.
In November, Canada pushed to change provisions relating to culture and French-language rights. It said the other 10 countries did “affirm the right of each party to preserve, develop and implement its cultural policies.
“We all understand we need to do more on culture. I’ve said Canada will not settle for less. It was essential for me to fight for Canadian culture,” Champagne said at the time.
A government source said Champagne continued to push hard for an exemption on cultural items and recently secured ìt through legally binding side letters with every other CPTPP member country.
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