10/08/2015 11:55 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Provisional text of Trans-Pacific Partnership to be public within days: Fast

VANCOUVER — Canada's trade minister is promising a provisional copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in the next few days.

Ed Fast made the comment today at a breakfast question-and-answer session being hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Fast says the text is currently being translated into several languages, including Spanish.

He also says the Canadian government has asked for the translation to be "expedited" due to the federal election.

Fast says he believes the deal, which includes 11 other Pacific Rim countries, is worth about $3.5 billion of additional economic activity to Canada, based on estimates from his officials.

He says it was vital for Canada to be at the table and part of the deal, billed by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper as the biggest trade agreement of its kind in history.


The Canadian Press