(Robert Arnason – Western Producer)
When it comes to free trade agreements, timing is nearly everything.
The right politicians and political parties must be in power. As well, economic conditions must be right so citizens support the deal.
That’s why Canada must act quickly to get a trade deal with Japan, says a distinguished fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation Canada.
“It’s a perfect time to do it with the Americans sitting on the sidelines,” said Hugh Stephens, who worked 28 years for the federal government in the foreign affairs and international trade department, including five postings in Asia.
“If we don’t lock in (Japan) now, we’re not going to get it… It’s got to be done in the next six months.” Click here to read more.