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Show us the TPP documents, chamber of commerce says

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce wants to know more about the details of the Pacific Rim trade deal, as it calls on government officials to release all of the text associated with it.

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce wants government officials to release full text

The Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce is calling on government officials to release the full paperwork relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in part because of conflicting reports they have heard about how the auto sector would be affected should the trade deal be ratified by Parliament. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

The local chamber of commerce wants to know more about the details of the Pacific Rim trade deal, as it calls on government officials to release all of the text associated with it.

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement, which was made public on Thursday, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, urging the release of "all documents including side agreements."

Matt Marchand, the group's president and CEO, says the public has been hearing conflicting reports about the TPP's impact on the auto sector, which is why it wants to see the documents and all their fine print.

"With our local economy being engaged heavily in the automotive sector, the documents are necessary for the membership and the community," Marchand said.

Marchand added that "we want to make sure that any trade deal improves our competitive position."

It's not immediately clear when the TPP will be publicly released.

On Wednesday, government officials told CBC News that the public will not see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the Oct. 19 election.

Canada is among 12 countries involved in the TPP, a deal which must still be ratified in Parliament if the country is to join officially.

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