Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a no-show for a meeting that was set to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), infuriating the leaders of the other nations involved.
The deal has been on shaky ground ever since US President Donald Trump announced America was pulling out of the deal, and Mr Trudeau’s no-show casts further doubt over the deal.
The deal, which involves Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Chile and Brunei Darassalam, was being discussed at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang, Vietnam.
Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo expressed his disappointment at the development, but noted that the trade deal has suffered setbacks before.
“Well it’s less than ideal to have every leader and trade minister from the other ten countries sitting around the table and not have Canada there,” Mr Ciobo said.
Mr Turnbull reportedly had “frank conversation between friends that clearly expressed Australia’s disappointment” with Mr Trudeau outside of the meeting.
It has been reported that upcoming election is Quebec may be why Mr Trudeau has backed out at the last minute, with job security being a hot political issue.
The TPP has been a very controversial deal as it has developed, with many people concerned about what may be included in it.
A number of concerns have been raised within Australia, including the possibility of it raising the price of pharmaceuticals, or giving more room for corporations to sue the government.