â€œThe TPP covers issues that affect many areas of Canadaâ€™s economy and societyâ€”including several policy areas that have never been subject to trade agreements before,â€� said Davies. â€œIn the interest of transparency and accountability, trade negotiation documents must be released to the public and in a meaningful way.â€�
The TPP is a free trade agreement that would cover approximately 40 per cent of global economic output and one-third of world trade. The U.S. Trade Representative office has allowed Members of Congress to view the text and the E.U. has committed to releasing the investment chapter of its current trade negotiations with the U.S. for full public discussion.
â€œTrade agreements are negotiated for Canadians, not political parties,â€� said Davies. â€œEnsuring opportunities for citizen input and comment is vital to any agreementâ€™s success and good public policy,â€� said Davies.