Trudeau Tours West!

Submitted on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:42

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in B.C. Thursday, fresh off a trip to Seattle to promote Canada's growing tech industry.

The prime minister will visit the video game company Electronic Arts in Burnaby before meeting for a round table with tech leaders and the Vancouver Economic Commission.

Afterwards, Trudeau is expected to attend a Liberal party fundraiser in Vancouver.

Seattle Microsoft summit

Trudeau spent Wednesday in Seattle, promoting Canada's growing technology industry to major multinational companies, joining top business leaders inside the closed-door Microsoft CEO Summit.

The visit came as U.S. President Donald Trump's administration poses both challenges and opportunities for Canada's high-tech industry.

Trump's "America First" rhetoric and his plans to slash corporate taxes could mean more investment south of the border, but his restrictive approach to immigration could draw talent north, experts said.

Meanwhile Trudeau is the first sitting head of government or state to be invited to address the Microsoft summit, his office said.

"The prime minister's participation in the summit is an important opportunity to encourage innovation, promote investment in the technology sector, and draw global talent to Canada," said press secretary Andree-Lyne Halle in a statement.

"The PM will showcase Canada's skilled, hard-working, creative, and diverse workforce."