The former prime minister of Canada Brian Mulrery is speaking out against the federal government’s decision to withdraw the federal contribution to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
In a letter sent to Canadian lawmakers on Wednesday, Mulreary said the deal will be “devastating” for Canada and its workers.
“The TPP agreement is a colossal failure of a trade agreement and one that will be remembered as one that was doomed from the start,” he wrote.
“Canada was the only country in the world that was not in the negotiating group.
It is our country.
It’s our values.
It will be the subject of the debate in the next year.”
Mulreary was elected prime minister in 2008, but was forced to resign after he was found to have committed fraud in 2008 over a $1.5-million settlement for the alleged misuse of government funds.
In November 2016, he resigned amid allegations that he and former cabinet minister Peter MacKay had used taxpayer money to pay off former business partners for their own personal gain.
The two were later charged with fraud and money laundering.