White House releases User Friendly TPP text

Canadians have been invited to comment on the agreement at http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Treaties-and-International-Law/01-Treaties-for-which-NZ-is-Depositary/0-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Text.php.

Many readers will glaze over quickly reading the extensive legalese in the TPP text and side letters. Here is the consolidated text from the TPP Repository in New Zealand as posted by Canada.

The US Administration has provided a user friendly text which annotates the terms of the agreement tries to simplify the benefits from an American perspective.

In the current mood in Washington, the Administration with neither admit nor highlight any costs – it is, after all, the total deal which matters.

Canada earlier provided Technical explanations from a Canadian perspective.

The Government is inviting lot of feedback – and while it may be difficult to cope, it certainly reflects much needed openness and inclusiveness.

Nothing startling yet – wine lovers will be pleased and Canadian Whiskey is protected. And BC’s log export ban has not been lifted – but its future could be the subject of WTO litigation.

But this is a massive deal about nearly everything so stay tuned.

Peter Clark