Canada PM Trudeau says 'peoplekind' remark was bad humor

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a visit to the offices of App Direct on Thursday. He is pitching Canada as a destination for tech firms that want to hire immigrants

"I think any investment into Canada would be a great thing, and obviously the Amazon (amzn) second headquarters would be a significant boom for any city that got it", Trudeau said.

He visited Chicago and San Francisco this week before traveling to California on Friday. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is expected to discuss matters such a political and trade ties between California and Canada.

Another major risk is NAFTA, with Trump regularly threatening to walk away if he doesn't get a bigger deal.

Trudeau demurred when asked whether Trump's immigration efforts are making the sales pitch easier, pointing to the power of globalism.

Trudeau promoted his country's fast-track employment permit for certain workers, dubbed the "global skills strategy visa".

Heubusch said the chairman of the institute's board of trustees, Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan, raised the idea of Trudeau visiting the centre during a recent meeting with Mulroney.

Justin Trudeau right meets with eBay CEO Devin Wenig on Thursday in San Francisco
Justin Trudeau right meets with eBay CEO Devin Wenig on Thursday in San Francisco

If free trade between Canada and the US was a bad idea, "then there are no good ideas", Trudeau said during his speech to local and state legislators. Toronto, which has created a government-sponsored innovation hub for tech companies, was the only one of several Canadian cities that applied to make the shortlist.

"He (Trudeau) is going to kind of be the more full-throated champion of Reagan's free trade vision than the current Republican president", he said.

The topic of free trade and the negotiation of a renewed North American free trade pact will be hard to avoid Wednesday when the prime minister takes the stage at the University of Chicago.

Trudeau made sure to include Mexico in the discussion, saying that raising Mexican labor standards under NAFTA would be a boon for the American economy, reducing the incentive for companies to export jobs to Mexico, and producing a consumer base that could purchase products from Canada and the U.S. And Trudeau had a few local heavy hitters set to sit down with him, with Salesforce Chief Executive Marc Benioff, eBay CEO Devin Wenig, AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Saks and Amgen CEO Robert Bradway scheduled to have talks with the Canadian prime minister. He was asked about a USA push for Canada to raise the de minimis threshold, in effect allowing more online shopping to be done tax-free - a move that would help Amazon.

Sgt. Saul Gomez with the highway patrol said a motorcycle officer who was part of the motorcade and riding ahead of the prime minister's vehicle tried to stop all vehicle traffic along a road not far from the Reagan library.

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