Justin Trudeau Sends an HQ2 Love Letter to Amazon

No tax breaks, but Canada offers a valuable perk: Universal healthcare.

Canadian cities are going all out to woo Amazon’s second headquarters, including a “Dear Jeff” letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos.

In his letter, which comes on the final day of a competition for cities to make their case to Amazon, Trudeau reminds Bezos that “it is in one other that Canada and the United States have found their closest friend and ally.”

If that’s not enough to tell Bezos where Amazon’s loyalties should lie, Trudeau adds “[W]e enjoy the longest, most peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship of any two countries in the world.”

The Prime Minister did not, however, specify exactly where in Canada that Amazon should set up shop, though most of the country’s major cities—including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary—have put their hat in the ring.

Amazon set off a frenzy among city governments this summer when it announced it was seeking to open a second headquarters outside of Seattle, and could create as many as 50,000 high paying jobs in coming years.

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As the competition came to a close on Thursday for cities to make their case, one research firm cited Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and Washington D.C.—but not one of the Canadian ones—as the leading candidates.

Nonetheless, Trudeau’s letter makes some strong economic arguments, along with the sentimental ones, for Amazon to make its second home north of the border.

“Canadians enjoy a universal health care system and a robust public pension plan which help support our excellent quality of life and lower costs for employers,” he states, while also talking up the country’s universities and policies to attract high-skilled immigrants.

Trudeau’s letter also appeared to include a subtle swipe at the nativist policies of the Trump Administration:

“As the first country in the world to adopt a policy of multiculturalism, we have shown time and again that a country can be stronger not in spite of its differences but because of them. Diversity is a fact but inclusion is a choice.”

One other notable feature of the Canadian cities’ pitch is they don’t offer tax breaks, which have been a controversial feature of the bids of a number of U.S. cities. Instead, the suitors have Canadian have emphasized the savings Amazon would incur from Canada’s public health system.

You can read Trudeau’s letter in full here.


Amazon Is Hoping One of These New Shows Will Be Its Answer to ‘Game of Thrones’

Amazon is looking at the science fiction genre for its next big hit in video streaming.

The retail giant is developing three new shows that will be adaptations of popular works of science-fiction including Ringworld, Snow Crash, and Lazarus, according to a report Thursday evening by Variety.

It’s part of Amazon’s quest to become a powerhouse online film and television studio and find a possible cult-hit like HBO’s Game of Thrones or AMC’s Walking Dead.

Author Larry Niven’s Ringworld, which debuted in 1970, is a space odyssey set in the future in which a bored man who is 200 years-old ventures out to the mysterious Ringworld that’s three million times bigger than Earth. Amazon will co-produce Ringworld with MGM Studios, the report said.

The Snow Crash show will be based on writer Neal Stephenson’s popular 1992 novel set in the not-too-distant future in which corporations like a giant pizza franchise reign supreme and virtual reality, unlike today, is mainstream. Paramount Television is co-producing the show with Amazon.

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The Lazarus show will be based on the comic book series of the same name, published by Image Comics. The series is set in a dystopian future in which 16 rival families rule the world and operate like feudal societies. The comic book’s author Greg Rucka, will also be the show’s author and executive producer. Rucka also worked on the comic book show Jessica Jones, which is available on Amazon Prime’s video streaming rival Netflix.

Fortune contacted Amazon for more information about when the shows will debut and will update this story if it responds.

In September, Amazon’s in-house studio chief Roy Price said in an interview that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants the company to create “big shows to move the needle” like the fantasy series Game of Thrones. If Amazon can create cult-hits, it can lure more people to subscribe to its Amazon Prime instant video service.