Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, as U.S. tech firms head north

Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, as U.S. tech firms head north

Trudeau said that ending free trade between Canada and the United States would hurt the wealthy, but also harm future opportunities for the USA middle class.

In California, Trudeau and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom discussed trade and economic growth, the Prime Minister tweeted.

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. Trudeau said his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, had a more nuanced relationship with Reagan, but one that was no less constructive - similar to the younger Trudeau's relationship with Trump. Mr. Trudeau will be meeting with Amazon's Jeff Bezos, as well as executives from Salesforce, AppDirect and eBay, encouraging them to open up shop in Canada instead of poaching the country's talent.

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.

Salesforce has announced that it will inject $2 billion to its Canadian scheme of things in the coming five years.

"But we can not allow it to sweep some people and their families aside", he said, adding the issue must be discussed as part of ongoing efforts between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to revamp NAFTA.

Canadian affinity has been a part of many other US-based tech companies.

Google built its latest DeepMind artificial intelligence facility at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Trudeau framed the North American Free Trade Agreement as being good for Canada and the United States, but was clear that Canada wouldn't be bullied into signing.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came with an unambiguous message on his latest USA visit: the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success that needs to be modernized, not abandoned.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum on Friday night.

"Our focus is very much not just that the economy is good next week, but how could we make sure it's good a decade from now, for the next generation", Trudeau said Thursday.

"NAFTA, while not flawless, has been good for the United States, broadly speaking, just as it has been good for Canada and Mexico, broadly speaking", Trudeau told a sold-out audience in an address on Canada-U.S. relations in the library's Air Force One Pavilion.

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