N.B. supports Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal: minister

The New Brunswick government says it fully supports federal government efforts to strengthen economic relationships with its Pacific partners.

Treasury Board President Roger Melanson says in a statement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal announced yesterday between Canada and 10 other nations would have a direct benefit for the province.

Melanson says if ratified, it would substantially lower or eliminate tariffs on a wide range of exports, including forestry and value-added wood products as well as fish and seafood products.

But he says his government will ensure New Brunswick industries with any concerns are heard as the federal government considers signature of the agreement.