Mr. Trudeau was to hold closed-door talks with Mr. Bezos at a downtown San Francisco hotel as part of a visit to the city to meet with Silicon Valley executives.
"We know that being open to investment and highlighting our extraordinary diverse workforce that's willing to work hard, innovate and create a future is what it's all about", said Trudeau on Thursday. Among his desires is requiring more made-in-America auto production and shifting more government contracts to USA companies. "Attracting strong talent, both in the USA and Canada, is a key part of our growth strategy, and we're excited about the opportunities this investment will bring".
With Toronto in a bid to host Amazon's planned HQ2 headquarters, Justin Trudeau said he planned to tell CEO Jeff Bezos why he should continue to invest in Canada. He made appearances in San Francisco on Thursday and is set to appear in Los Angeles on Saturday.
"The point of those meetings is to portray Canada as a good place to invest. and to explore opportunities related to job growth with those prominent business leaders who may be interested in expanding their operations in Canada", said spokesman Cameron Ahmad. 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 on Wednesday said his nation will not be pushed into any redo of the North American Free Trade Agreement that does not benefit Canada. 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.
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said, "We value equality and we also value innovation, we know we will be able to have a great business environment in Canada". At least some of that enthusiasm translated into new investment.
While much of the attention on the North American Free Trade Agreement has focused on physical commodities such as vehicle manufacturing, dairy and timber, skilled workers have also become increasingly mobile between the U.S., Canada and 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".
The trade relationship between Illinois and Canada came up repeatedly during public events Trudeau had earlier in the day, first with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and then Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"We're very excited about that".