Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Prime minister pitches Canada as tech-friendly

Trudeau Three hospitalized after highway patrol officer in Justin Trudeau's motorcade crashes in California
| 10 February, 2018, 09:48

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California U.S. February 9, 2018.

"We know that bringing in great talent from around the world is an enormous benefit, not just to the companies that want to do that, but to Canadian jobs and to our country as a whole, so we're going to continue to do that", he said.

"The conversations we're having about how you do things right - how you think about the positive impact, long-term, of the choices that we make - is core to the kinds of conversations we have to be having whether we're in government, or in business", Trudeau said. He made appearances in San Francisco on Thursday and is set to appear in Los Angeles on Saturday.

In brief remarks before the meeting, Newsom thanked Trudeau for his "energetic leadership on the global stage.at a time when that's not lost on many of us in the political sphere". Amazon has also aggressively lobbied the Canadian government in recent months for contracts and policies tied to its cloud-based services.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the North American Free Trade Agreement - the future of which has grown uncertain under President Donald Trump - in an appearance at the University of Chicago Wednesday evening, the first stop on his four-day visit to the United States. It was a receptive message in the deeply Democratic city of San Francisco, where large crowds blocked city streets to catch a glimpse of Mr. Trudeau. His first meeting is with Salesforce CEO, Mark Benioff, and other tech leaders at the Salesforce offices in San Francisco.


Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff did not specify why the company chose Canada but he said, "Like you, we're a city that values diversity, we value equality and we also value innovation.We know we'll be able to have a great business environment in Canada". At least some of that enthusiasm translated into new investment.

Salesforce has announced that it's investing $2 billion over five years towards growing its business in Canada.

The visit comes as talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement are underway.

Mr. Trudeau rejected the notion that Canada was standing in the way of progress on modernizing the trade deal, days after a US government official said the United States was considering striking a separate agreement with Mexico. "Modernizing NAFTA to increase market access, expand energy exports to maximize domestic energy production and including provisions on intellectual property and e-commerce will make this agreement even more beneficial to the United States".

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