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Won't be rushed into TPP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists he will not be pressed into signing an updated Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty too hastily, even if some of Canada's partners are keen to secure a quick agreement.

Trudeau made the remarks Wednesday when asked whether he would walk away from the 11-country trade pact if the revised deal failed to include several new "progressive" chapters Canada has been pushing for.

"We believe that progressive, solid trade deals can help citizens in all sorts of different countries, at different levels of development and our ministers are very much focused on that," Trudeau told reporters in Hanoi, where he started his multi-day trip through Southeast Asia.

"But let me, of course, remind everyone that Canada will not be rushed into a deal that is not in the best interests of Canada and of Canadians."

Trudeau then added, in French: "I can assure people that we will not be rushed into signing a deal at all costs."

The remaining TPP economies are trying to revive the deal following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw earlier this year.

The TPP is expected to be a central theme at this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang. Trudeau will attend the APEC meetings and there has been speculation that some kind of deal could be reached by the end of the summit.

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has said Canada wants the updated TPP to contain progressive chapters on the environment as well as workers' and women's rights.

But trade experts have predicted that persuading Asia-Pacific economies on progressive chapters will be a tough sell.



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