Secrecy

The TPP was so secret that the few allowed to access to the document had to first give over all recording devices before reading it, and were not allowed to divulge its contents afterwards.

 

From the Globe and Mail:

Canadians are ill-prepared to weigh the merits of the TPP because the Conservative government has done a poor job of explaining the stakes. Instead, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Trade Minister Ed Fast have served up mainly empty rhetoric and bland verbal porridge on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

“Mr. Fast has talked a lot about the deal, but has revealed almost nothing about what’s really on the table. He has repeatedly insisted his lack of openness is a tactical move to enhance Canada’s negotiating power.

“It isn’t only the public that’s been kept in the dark. The opposition NDP and Liberal parties insist they were not briefed, even in confidence, during the negotiations.” Ref

Leader Thomas Mulcair now says that if elected, an NDP government would not be bound by whatever trade pact Mr. Harper agrees to.

Contrast the Canadian position to that of the United States, where the TPP has been widely discussed and debated in committees and on the floor of Congress.

Contrast the Canadian position to that of the United States, where the TPP has been widely discussed and debated in committees and on the floor of Congress. Ref