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CPTPP is in the bag, but Liberals failing to execute on trade with Asia, say top Senator, trade analyst

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Other trade-watchers defended the government’s progress in the region, but the focus on making trade deals ‘progressive’ was widely panned.  

Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, left, led Canada's effort to secure a trade deal with 10 countries around the Pacific after the U.S. dropped out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tasked Mr. Champagne with boosting Canada's trade in Asia, but three of his visits to the region have generated critical news coverage. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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The federal Liberal government hasn’t done enough to expand trade ties in Asia, say a top Trudeau-appointed Senator and a prominent Ottawa trade analyst, despite signing the CPTPP, an 11-country trade agreement for the Asia-Pacific region, last week. "They get high marks for ambition, but low marks for execution,” said Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo (B.C.), who was appointed to the Senate under the Trudeau government in 2016 after a career spent focused on studying and promoting greater

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