Spirits Say Canada Should Join TPP
NEWS RELEASE – International News
For Immediate Release
Monday. CANADA. September 19, 2016
In its submission to the House of Commons Standing
Committee on International Trade, Spirits Canada makes a strong case for
Canada to be an originating Member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
“It would be very damaging for Canada’s agriculture and processed agri-food
exporters for Canada to be excluded should the TPP be ratified by the minimum
6 signatories representing at least 85% of the group’s combined GDP”, explained
Jan Westcott, President & CEO of Spirits Canada.
The TPP is regional trade agreement that when ratified will improve trade
amongst Pacific Rim countries including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan,
Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Viet Nam.
A TPP without Canada would mean our exports would be treated as second class
goods in the 800 million consumer TPP region, said Mr. Westcott. “Canada’s
beverage alcohol market is relatively small and inefficient and we need full and
open access to foreign markets to secure jobs for Canadians in our production
facilities, on the farms growing our barley, corn, rye and wheat and in the
thousands of small and medium-sized businesses that are key partners in our
local supply chain”.
The Spirits Industry’s signature products of “Canadian Whisky” and “Canadian
Rye Whisky” are mashed, fermented, distilled and aged in Canada from locally
grown cereal grains.