Prime minister pitches Canada as tech-friendly

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.

President Donald Trump called the 24-year-old agreement a job-killing "disaster" on the campaign trail, and he has threatened to pull out unless the deal requires more auto production in the USA, while shifting additional government contracts to US companies.

Trump called the agreement a job-killing "disaster" on the campaign trail.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan stands with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the annual G7 Summit in Toronto on June 19, 1988, five months after they signed the Canada-U.S.

Trudeau even said that if NAFTA is a bad idea then there is no good idea either.

The sixth round of North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has ended in Montreal on Monday with a little "progress". While US employers fear they will not be able to receive foreign workers, Canada offers a two-week fast track to grant work permits to qualified personnel, the so-called " strategic global skills visa. He also met with Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, who's considering locations for a second headquarters.

Reaching agreements has always required "persistence and no shortage of sunny, Reagan-esque optimism on both sides", he said. Trudeau is the eldest son of the late Pierre Trudeau, who served as Canada's prime minister from 1968-1979 and 1980-1984.

In contrast to his limited references to Trump, Trudeau made continuous references to Reagan throughout his roughly 25-minute speech, including a recollection of being charmed by Reagan when meeting him as a boy.

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. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

A trio of protesters yell outside of a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and California Gov.

The Canadian leader had earlier visited Chicago and San Francisco on his three-day U.S. swing, and was set to meet Saturday with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, before returning to Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with employees, including Patrick Hong, from Vancouver, as he leaves the offices of Salesforce on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 in San Francisco.

  • Joey Payne