Federal budget expected to help attract skilled workers from abroad, Cabinet minister says

(CP) - A Trudeau cabinet minister tapped to attract high-level talent to Canada hopes new measures introduced in last week's budget will help his efforts to recruit brains from abroad.

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains feels the budget has empowered him even more to offer top-notch workers, scientists and scholars who might consider a move to Canada from the U-S.

Bains will visit Michigan this week to meet state representatives.

Ottawa has been promoting Canada as a destination for specialized talent, including researchers concerned about budget cuts and the political uncertainty that has emerged since the Brexit vote and the U-S election.