The federal government says it will sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at a meeting next week in New Zealand.
International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says signing the 12-country treaty is just a a technical step in the process though and doesn’t necessarily mean Canada will ratify it.
Freeland has conducted public consultations on the accord and says she’s heard both opposition and support for the deal.
She says the massive deal which includes major economies such as the United States and Japan, can’t be renegotiated.
Trade ministers from all the partner countries in the TPP have been invited to sign the deal on Feb. 4 in Auckland.