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3.105.1. Trade agreements and invoking a national security exception

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The national security exception (NSE) provided for in all of Canada’s trade agreements allow Canada to exclude a procurement from some or all of the obligations of the relevant trade agreement(s), where Canada considers it necessary to do so in order to protect its national security interests specified in the text of the NSE. The purpose of the NSE is to ensure that parties to the agreements are not required in any way to compromise their national security interests through application of the obligations of the trade agreements.