DON RYAN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Nike headquarters Friday in Beaverton, Ore.

Dawson Strategic president Laura Dawson is quoted in a Toronto Star article explaining the ins and outs of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Dr. Dawson comments on the importance of Canada’s defense of supply management in agriculture to its participation in the deal.

“Trade expert Laura Dawson said she doesn’t take the U.S. eviction threats seriously. Other countries in the TPP, she said, will be allowed to keep protections on their own sensitive agricultural products.

“From a trade perspective, it’s not a good idea; from an economic efficiency perspective, Canada should be giving up supply management. But I don’t think, and I could be proved wrong, that TPP is going to force Canada to give up supply management,” said Dawson, president of the firm Dawson Strategic and incoming director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center.”