Canada must be part of Pacific treaty, will defend farmers - PM

Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:12am EDT
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OTTAWA, June 25 (Reuters) - Canada must be part of a proposed Pacific trade pact but will also strive to protect its farmers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday, referring to concerns that the treaty could harm the dairy industry.

A number of the 12 nations taking part in the talks want Canada to start dismantling protections for dairy, egg and chicken producers. That could be a political challenge for Harper in the run-up to an Oct. 19 election. (Reporting by David Ljunggren)