In an OpEd published in the National Post on March 14, Daniel Schwanen and I argue that only by being present at the TPP table can Canada influence the shape of the final agreement. At the same time, negotiating an agreement is not the same as accepting an agreement. In the end, we can walk away from any deal we don’t like, but if Canada is not at the bargaining table, then we will not be able to shape the new rules of the game, as we have always done in the past. They will more likely be imposed on us. This OpEd is based on a longer report published by the CD Howe Institute in February 2012. Print version of the Post OpEd is here.