Trudeau makes pitch to Silicon Valley, Amazon to invest in Canada

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Government-sponsored billboards in Silicon Valley pitch: "H1-B Problems?"

But the two are also gathering other business people together to discuss a more political agenda.

More generally, Trudeau touted the economic and cultural benefits of free trade, citing Canada's own history-the initially fraught relationship between the French and English, as well as their mutual mistreatment of indigenous peoples-as a success story.

"We are going to expect a good deal, a fair deal", Trudeau said.

His stops were created to showcase recruiting successes.

The San Francisco-based company made the announcement at a roundtable meeting with CEO Marc Benioff, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and other business leaders to talk about the importance of diversity and equality, according to a statement.

Alphabet announced plan to open a research office in Edmonton, and Amazon.com Inc put Toronto on a short list of contenders for its $5 billion second headquarters.

It probably doesn't hurt Toronto's case that the city has set up a government-sponsored hub to support the development and growth of tech companies.

The goal isn't to lure talent away from the region, but to ensure that Canada has a voice in what has become the epicentre of the new economy, said Rana Sarkar, Canada's consul general in San Francisco.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government intends to press ahead with a review of a deal to sell 16 military helicopters to the Philippines, even as the country's president vowed to scrap the purchase because of conditions on how the equipment could be used.

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"It's the global epicenter for many of these revolutions". Trudeau said as much himself.

Trudeau's vehicle did not stop.

Trudeau said 9 million jobs in America are tied to trade and investment with Canada and "the truth is that both Canada and the United States are winning".

Trump called the 24-year-old NAFTA trade pact agreement a job-killing "disaster" on the campaign trail and has threatened to withdraw from it if he can't get what he wants.

"It's unfortunately not an area that is up for discussion".

Newsom thanked Trudeau for his energetic leadership on the worldwide stage at a time of political uncertainty, an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trudeau's motorcade was being escorted by the California Highway Patrol Dignitary Protection Section at 7.30pm after leaving the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

The location is a symbolic choice, referring to the longstanding trade relationship between the USA and Canada.

The sixth round of North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has ended in Montreal on Monday with a little "progress".

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