01/21/2016 15:01 EST | Updated 01/21/2017 00:12 EST

Saskatchewan presses case for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is urging Ottawa to press ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison met with David Lametti, parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade, as part of consultations on the deal, which is also known as TPP.

Harrison says TPP could have significant benefits for Saskatchewan's agriculture, manufacturing and forestry sectors.

He says there would be a big downside if Canada is not part of the agreement because countries that sign on to the deal will have a huge competitive advantage.

The treaty, negotiated by the previous Conservative government, involves 12 countries along the Pacific Rim that make up 40 per cent of the global economy.

The Liberal government hasn't announced whether it will attend the formal signing Feb. 4 in Auckland, N.Z.

The Canadian Press