Premier Christy Clark says it’s important the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is passed.
She responded Monday to the federal government saying it plans to sign the TPP at a meeting next week in New Zealand, though this doesn’t necessary mean it will ratify it.
Clark is urging the feds to do so.
“If we want to be a part of trading with the world, which we do and we’re good at and we do it all the time and to a greater degree than any other province in the country, we should be supporting trade deals that will open access for B.C. jobs.”
Clark says the deal is good for Canada as a whole, but particularly for B.C.’s economy.
“We do 40% of our trade with Asia, we are the only province in the country that has such a diverstiy of markets. TPP will help us deepen that relationship and access to those markets.”
She says environmental concerns shouldn’t hold the pact up, as there are other international forums like COP21 in which to address them.
Who does this impact?
Simi Sara spoke with Andreas Hauskrecht, and international economics professor at Indiana University to talk about what the deal is, and who will be impacted by if it goes through.