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MPs, Senators should be briefed on trade deals before they’re inked: Senate committee

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Parliamentarians and the public should have more information about what's at stake in trade talks, says Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk.

Free trade negotiations, including those around the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, have been lightening rods for controversy around the world in recent years. Here, Conservative candidate Jeff Watson is confronted by TPP protesters in the Windsor area during the 2015 election campaign. Photograph courtesy of Unifor

On the eve of an expected NAFTA renegotiation, the Senate committee responsible for international trade is calling on the government to brief Parliamentarians regularly on how it’s faring in ongoing trade negotiations. The government should report to the Senate and House trade committees every quarter of the year, keeping them updated on their negotiating mandate and progress made in any ongoing talks, “in order to enable Parliamentarians to serve as effective legislators in relation to international trade agreements,” says

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