OTTAWA — The actual text of the Trans−Pacific Partnership likely won’t be released before the federal election on Monday.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday the text is still being crafted by Canada and its 11 Pacific Rim partner countries and will be released as soon as it is available.
Trade Minister Ed Fast had said that the text would be released before the election.
Harper said detailed summaries of the deal have already been released, while representatives of specific sectors of the economy have seen the sections that apply to them.
He said the TPP has received overwhelming support among Canadian businesses.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said he won’t be bound to the TPP if he is elected, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has called on the government to be more transparent about the deal.
The Canadian Press