February 08, 2018
Peters stands by CPTPP progress
Foreign Minister Winston Peter is rejecting criticism from Trans Pacific Partnership critic Jane Kelsey that the renegotiated trade pact is little changed from the one rejected by the United States a year ago.
In a newspaper opinion piece the university of Auckland law professor accused the Government of spin around issues such as protection of Maori interests, and accused Mr Peters of talking rubbish about the document’s rules around investors suing governments.
The New Zealand First leader says he respects Professor Kelsey’s scholarship but she should acknowledge substantive changes have been made to the multi-country trade pact in areas like investor-state disputes.
"Now those things have dramatically changed and I think she should own up that we went in there and negotiated really hard for change because if those changes hadn't happened this Comprehensive Progressive TPP which is what it really is would not be happening and it would not for example have the Canadian's as well because on a number of things the new Government of Canada were in total agreement with us," Mr Peters says.
Jane Kelsey will speak at a public meeting on the CPTPP at the Ellen Melville Hall in Auckland on February 12.
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