“To those away this Christmas, take time to celebrate with your ADF colleagues and our Coalition partners,” he said.Media Note: Pre-recorded Christmas messages from deployed ADF members will be fed to the Press Gallery at Parliament House later today.
"If it takes one more day, so be it." He said the TPP countries agreed to suspend controversial provisions from the original TPP deal related to intellectual property.
Leaders in Canada's tech sector have long pressed Ottawa to have those elements removed from the deal.
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Trudeau's office said Abe, co-chair of the leaders' meeting, cancelled the event after his 50-minute discussion with Trudeau.
"It is as simple as the (Abe) meeting took longer than expected," Champagne said.
"Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)," the group announced in a communique.
They've agreed that the framework "maintains the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants and preserving our inherent right to regulate, including the flexibility of the parties to set legislative and regulatory priorities." Some media reports called the Saturday communique a major breakthrough, but a Canadian trade official reiterated only that some progress had been achieved.
Ottawa is still at the TPP table and doesn't want to rush such a complex deal, Freeland said.
Canada's resistance to the new TPP does not come out entirely of the blue.
Champagne also said the partners established a framework to deal with rules of origin issues related to the auto sector and on how the countries will proceed with including cultural exemptions into the treaty.