The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Canada in the Asian Century

Canada 2020 asked the students of the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) to respond to the following question: What is the single biggest policy challenge facing Canada over the coming decade, and what would a progressive federal government response look like?

Our winning submission, from the student-organized and run “China Working Group” at GSPIA, focuses on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the overall need for an “Asia strategy” to properly map Canada’s strategic and careful engagement in the region, as well as balance its existing trade relationships with the United States. The paper is an effective, concise backgrounder on a complex policy issue facing Canada’s federal government.

For more information about GSPIA, visit

Download the paper here

Related Content

Research: Getting TPP Right

As China begins challenging the U.S. for political and economic dominance in the pacific region, establishing free trade agreements with the rest of the continent is imperative for Canada. This makes the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a free trade deal that would span the Pacific Ocean but notably does not include China, an essential component of Canada’s long-term trade agenda.

Opinion: The Canada-China relationship – how we keep up the momentum

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives’ Ailish Campbell reports from our joint event, “The Canada-China Relationship: Keeping up the momentum” on Tuesdsay, October 29th. At the event, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joined a panel of experts to talk to way forward for our two economies. In this post, Campbell summarizes 5 thoughts on how to keep up the momentum.

Event recap: Drilling down on the Asian cities agenda

Canada 2020’s third panel in the Canada We Want in 2020 Speaker Series took place in Ottawa on March 27 in front of an engaged crowd of 200 at the Château Laurier Hotel.

You can recap by watching the entire video on our event page, or read this summary.

Blog: Why ‘Asia – it’s big!’ won’t cut it

Our conversations on Asia are stuck in a rut – and that’s a problem. If we’re going to help each other be engaged members of the policy community that shapes and forms opinions and decisions, we need to be smarter in how we talk about the opportunities and risks in engaging the new pacific century.

Site by Carbure