He’s in town for two days for the annual Microsoft CEO Summit. He’ll also be meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee in Seattle to talk about Northwest issues.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to arrive in Redmond on Wednesday to attend the secretive Microsoft CEO Summit.
That visit will be followed by a Thursday stop in downtown Seattle at 9 a.m. to talk about high-speed rail and Northwest issues with Gov. Jay Inslee.
Traffic delays are likely, given that Microsoft’s Overlake campus sits next to busy Highway 520.
But delays should be shorter than during a U.S. presidential visit, or that of Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015, when sections of Interstate 5 were blocked for more than two hours.
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The annual Microsoft event, described as “highly conversational,” will draw more than 175 executives from 35 nations, the company says.
It is closed to the public.
Microsoft says two themes will be improving cybersecurity, including encryption, email protection, international-data movement and privacy regulations, and the race to space, both private and public.
Trudeau’s official Wednesday itinerary, released online Tuesday, says that he will fly from Montreal to the Seattle area midday to arrive about 3 p.m., and that he will give a 4:30 p.m. speech at the Microsoft summit.
Thursday’s meeting with Inslee will be at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel on Madison Street downtown, an updated itinerary says. That suggests at least one drive will happen Wednesday evening or early Thursday across a floating bridge.
The Washington State Patrol will be involved but hasn’t yet heard specific routes, which are kept confidential by the U.S. Secret Service for security reasons, said Trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman in Bellevue. The Washington State Department of Transportation also says it’s heard of no itinerary yet.
Highways can be blocked for 10 minutes, as…