CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are pleased that Canada has given Royal Assent to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). As the fifth country to ratify the agreement, the CPTPP only needs one more partner country to ratify before it comes into force. Once the sixth country ratifies the agreement, virtually all exports to the member countries are tariff free.
“The Wheat Growers has long supported the CPTPP and similar free trade agreements. Free trade is in the best interest of our members. We can feed the world if we have access to it,” stated Levi Wood, President.
To date, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand have also ratified the agreement. It is anticipated that Australia will sign next. The remaining countries are Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam.
We thank the Members of Parliament and Senators who moved this bill through the legislative process.
“We have much to gain by having comprehensive free trade agreements with other countries. We all benefit by increased trade and eliminated tariffs,” said Cherilyn Nagel, Director.
About the Wheat Growers:
Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.