The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations remain mired in basic disagreements. Closure in 2015 is a fading dream abandoned by the realists.
Others, recognizing that their best bet is passage on Obama’s watch, continue to press for an early ministerial conference to avoid the legislative timetable slipping into 2016. But their views have little traction these days.
The mood going into Maui was positive and highly optimistic. The unexpected crash has deflated that spirit of optimism. Little has happened since the crash. The way forward is most uncertain.
One thing we know: the delays likely will prevent the TPP from becoming a Canadian election issue.