Nowadays, the federal government seeking input from businesses, individuals, labor unions, indigenous groups, civil society organizations and provincial as well as territorial governments because its planning to launch consultations on a potential free trade agreement with china.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced the beginning of exploratory discussions in September.
Canada considered china as its second-largest single-nation trading partner, after the United States.
A notice from Global Affairs reads,
“A potential free trade agreement with China could result in economic gains for Canada by creating opportunities for Canadian firms. Canadians may have concerns about China, including issues relating to the environment, labour, gender equality, rule of law and human rights,” the notice goes on.”
Canada looks the free trade agreement with China as a means to development and economic growth. It could take on new importance for the Liberals now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership between Canada, the U.S., Japan and nine other nations was effectively killed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Support for free trade agreements in Canada is generally high, but a 2016 survey of 3,526 Canadians by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada found Canadians are evenly split on free trade with China in particular, with 46 per cent in favour and 46 per cent opposed.