The most important line of Jim Carr’s speech in Parliament on Monday came at the very end.
“We are naturally global, but we haven’t always been actively global,” the new trade minister said as he introduced legislation to ratify the 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP, he added, “is a call to action.”
The Trudeau government often talks like it’s trying to get its material atop a Google search: the TPP officially is now the Comprehensive and ProgressiveAgreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, apparently at Canada’s behest; the new agency in charge of corralling international investors is called Invest in Canada; Carr is the country’s first minister of International Trade Diversification, and not merely the trade minister, as he himself informed the House during the early stages of debate over the TPP bill.
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