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Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday June 17, 2014 .
Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday June 17, 2014 .
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

ALAN WM. WOLFF

What Canada needs to do to foster innovation

Top negotiators from Canada, the United States, Japan and nine other nations gathered in Ottawa from July 3 to 12 to resume talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major free-trade agreement that will incorporate over 40 per cent of global trade when completed. It is a deal that could have a transformative effect on the economies of the participating countries. Canada is particularly well-placed to gain through this agreement long-term success in the global marketplace of the 21st century.