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February 18, 2014

POLITICS: Nikki Haley headed to Canada to recruit jobs

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley is heading to Canada to recruit jobs next month, her office said Tuesday.

She will join three S.C. Department of Commerce officials and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins on the three-day trip that starts March 31 in Toronto before she heads to Ottawa and Montreal.

Wilkins, now an attorney in private practice in Greenville, is paying for his portion of the trip, the governor's office said.

Haley will meet with companies already in the state as well as new prospects. She also will speak to business groups.

This is her first to economic-development trip to Canada -- the state's second-biggest export partner last year with $3.7 billion in goods shipped, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. China was first.

Canadian companies have nearly 100 corporate plants and offices in the state, the commerce department said.

Haley has gone on four overseas recruiting trips since becoming governor, including aviation and automotive shows in Europe and an economic-development conference in Japan.

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