Feb 01, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Canada’s heritage minister is providing more details on what’s in the new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – which the federal government agreed to last week.

Melanie Joly says Canada was able to secure cultural exemptions that extend to web content – which she describes as a first for the country’s trade agreements.

Joly says the absence of provisions protecting digital content – was one of the principal reasons Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose not to sign onto the agreement in November – and securing those safeguards was a tough battle.

Few details have been made public about the Pacific Rim pact – involving 10 countries approved January 23rd – without the involvement of the United States after it pulled out of negotiations a year ago.

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