Drones, AI and ‘progressive’ regulations: How the federal government tried to sell Amazon on investing in Canada

    An Amazon Prime Air delivery drone. Amazon

    In an effort to attract Amazon’s second global headquarters, the federal government assembled a team of officials dedicated to encouraging the company to invest in Canada, offering incentives and attempting to cater to Amazon’s interests in drones and AI.

    Briefing notes prepared for Global Affairs Canada, obtained by The Logic through an access-to-information request, reveal the government’s efforts to attract more foreign direct investment from the retail giant, stressing “progressive” regulatory environments in Canada and highlighting a range of industries in which it hoped Amazon would invest apart from its decision on the location of its second global headquarters (HQ2).

    The documents also hint at how the company could be planning to further expand its presence in the country.

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