Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was the first keynote speaker at a conference called Collision said that Canada’s thriving technology sector was a result of the country’s openness to immigrants and he hopes Canadians will continue to view immigration positively.
Organizers are calling the event North America’s fastest growing technology conference, and this is the first time it is being held outside the United States.
While being interviewed by Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of Canadian entertainment company BroadbandTV Corporation, Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world and that it is attracting entrepreneurs to the country.
He also cited the federal government’s investments in education and research as reasons for success in Canadian companies and start-ups.
“Access to talent obviously comes from immigration and it comes from training young and educating Canadians right,” said Trudeau.
He said while many countries including the U.S. “are closing themselves off more to immigration,” Canada is staying open.
Trudeau warns of ‘meaningful financial consequences’ for social media giants that don’t combat hate speech. “As we see anxieties and worries around the world, Canadians know that we get more resilient communities, we get better solutions, we get better innovations, when we bring in people from all around the world. That’s why we are doing well even at a time of anxiety — we have seen the Canadian economy flourish over the past few years,” Trudeau said.
Rafati also asked the prime minister about his recent announcement regarding the creation of a digital charter that would combat hate speech, misinformation and election interference.
But Trudeau didn’t comment apart from stressing that his government was working collaboratively with tech companies to ensure citizens’ personal information is safe and that solutions are made in regard to online harassment. -CINEWS