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Barton, who also chairs the Trudeau government's economic growth council, said Vietnam is an example of why Canada must be "motoring ahead" into Asia, particularly with so much uncertainty around the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Some of the countries at the table are far less developed than Canada and would have difficulty implementing them, while others might prefer to leave social issues separate from trade agreements.
Trudeau made the remarks Wednesday when asked whether he would walk away from the 11-country trade pact if the revised deal failed to include several new "progressive" chapters Canada has been pushing for.
"We believe that progressive, solid trade deals can help citizens in all sorts of different countries, at different levels of development and our ministers are very much focused on that," Trudeau told reporters in Hanoi, where he started his multi-day trip through Southeast Asia.
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HANOI, Vietnam -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists he will not be pressed into signing an updated Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty too hastily, even if some of Canada's partners are keen to secure a quick agreement.