Trudeau to promote Canadian tech market in San Francisco

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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.

USA business software developer Inc will pump US$2 billion ($2.5 billion) into its Canadian business over the next five years, it said on Thursday, the latest major USA technology investment across the border since early 2017.

Several technology entrepreneurs in Canada said the University of Toronto in particular was a draw, thanks to its research in machine learning and other artificial intelligence, and that businesses also could be certain they could hire anyone they wanted, given immigration policy.

Trudeau is also expected to meet with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday morning before heading to Los Angeles.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met privately with California's governor and lieutenant governor, with trade, the environment and health care on the agenda. The comment was an apparent reference to President Trump. Canadian leaders have promoted their country's immigration policies as an alternative to the US administration's ban on travellers from some Muslim countries and restrictions on work permits for some foreigners.

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A Canadian programme allows businesses to get work permits for foreign workers in about two weeks which must have been a great reason.

Trudeau demurred when asked whether Trump's immigration efforts are making the sales pitch easier, pointing to the power of globalism. "As the world's fastest growing top five software company, we look forward to a great partnership and to expanding our employees, customers and innovation in Canada".

Trudeau is also meeting with Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos as Bezos considers the location for its second headquarters.

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Several other USA technology companies are expanding into their northern neighbor.

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Google built its latest DeepMind artificial intelligence facility at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, after several of its graduates came to work on the project.

The next round of talks over the 24-year-old trade pact in Mexico later this month loomed over Trudeau's visit.

Trump called it a "disaster" on the campaign trail.

The lengthy talks have increased the political pressure and the rhetoric in Canada, where the stakes are high.

In brief remarks to reporters before meeting with Newsom, Trudeau said it was good to talk about all the issues that bind California and Canada.

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