The Japanese news service, Nikkei, was last night suggesting that New Zealand was ready to make concessions in the TPP talks on its bid to gain greater access for dairy produicts to Japan and the United States.

Nikkei correspondent Takashi Nakano said New Zealand said had significantly softened its stance on market access for dairy products.

“Up until now, the country had been calling for lower barriers for its dairy products,” he said.

“By Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was saying the TPP would greatly benefit his country even if he couldn’t gain more progress on the issue.

“New Zealand had long gotten nowhere in negotiations with the U.S. on the issue.

“But observers expect New Zealand to offer a compromise and for the U.S. to eventually also make concessions.” 

Meanwhile in Canada on the election campaign trail, Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair at a campaign stop at a Quebec dairy farm vowed to “rip up” the TPP if it put family farms at risk, while taking aim at Prime Minister Steven Harper for “negotiating in secret.” 

“If Mr. Harper is going to sacrifice family farms, yes, we’ll tear up the agreement. I can guarantee you that,” Mulcair said in the rural farming community of Upton, Que., in the heart of the province’s dairy country.