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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should wait until the spring of 2017 before approving a far-reaching trade deal with Pacific Rim countries, and hold public hearings to help gauge the impact on the Canadian economy.

"I think the most important thing policy-makers in Ottawa can do right now on the TPP is slow down," Clarke said during a panel discussion.

"Given the breadth and scope and complexity of this agreement, we should have a robust public debate and a robust process of expert review," he said.

Sitting a few metres away was Jim Balsillie, the centre's founder and former co-CEO of BlackBerry, who made...

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