OTTAWA — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Justin Trudeau of the Liberals is going along with Stephen Harper's job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, telling voters he's the only leader who can ensure a better agreement for Canadian families and workers.
Campaigning in British Columbia, Mulcair accused Harper of desperately signing on to a secret trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim partners simply to have something to announce on the election trail.
Mulcair says Trudeau — unlike the NDP — would back the Conservatives on a pact that threatens tens of thousands of jobs and promises to drive wages down.
Trudeau has said the Liberals support free trade and will carefully examine the Trans-Pacific deal, touted as the largest trade agreement in history.
Mulcair says the New Democrats support free trade, too, but want to forge a better deal for Canada.
He insists it is realistic to expect a renegotiated agreement that protects Canadian jobs.
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The Canadian Press