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Trudeau pushes Canadian tech in Burnaby visit

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a stop in Metro Vancouver Thursday as part of his west coast Canada tech sector promotion tour.

The visit began with the Prime Minister taking a motion capture camera for a spin at the Electronic Arts campus in Burnaby before settling into a roundtable discussion with 15 tech sector leaders in addition to the Vancouver Economic Commission.

Representatives of from Sony Pictures, Amazon, Launch Academy, SteMCell were among those at the table.

The tour to push Canada’s growing tech industry comes as American president Donald Trump calls for a renegotiation of NAFTA, lower corporate taxes and stricter immigration policies, which present both opportunity for Canada to attract new workers and challenges in getting products to market.

Earlier in the day Trudeau met with Governor of Washington Jay Inslee in Seattle, and yesterday afternoon he spoke to multinational companies and joined top business leaders inside the closed-door Microsoft CEO Summit at the company’s Redmond, Wash. campus.

Tonight he is scheduled to appear at a Liberal Fundraiser in Vancouver.

Trudeau is switching gears on Thursday to make two stops in Surrey, one at the Don Christian Recreation Centre in Surrey to tout the Canada Child Benefit and another to meet with the Filipino community. Then it’s off to Abbotsford to speak at the Gur Sikh Temple.