Statement from NCBA Vice President Bob McCan Regarding Canada TPP Invitation
WASHINGTON - On Tues., June 19, 2012, President Obama announced that the United States and the other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have extended an invitation to Canada to join the TPP trade negotiations. This is subsequent to yesterday’s announcement that Mexico has been invited to the negotiations. In addition to the United States, the current TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President and Texas cattleman Bob McCan commended the announcement and issued the following statement.
“NCBA welcomes the addition of Canada to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Canada is the top export market for U.S. beef. Our strong trade relationship with our neighbors to the North has been a win-win for cattlemen and consumers in both countries and Canada’s entry into TPP negotiations will only strengthen our trade relationship. Their participation in TPP is absolutely vital to creating a trade environment free from protectionist trade barriers. With American allies like Canada and Mexico at the table, TPP will strengthen bonds between nations and encourage global security in the Pacific Rim.”