The reason Microsoft gave for a new shop outside that U.S. is that, this "allows the company to recruit and retain highly skilled people affected by immigration issues in the U.S."
This move generated much media coverage. The media's general reaction was that it, "Highlights Need for Immigration Reform." [VDARE.COM note: Not on VDARE.COM, of course. See Rob Sanchezâ€™s column Has Microsoft Found A â€?Temporary Workerâ€? Loophole In Canada?]
After the Microsoft announcement, several news organizations asked me for my opinion as to what it meant. My analysis went like this:
Thus, it was clear to me that Microsoft was not setting up a tent in Vancouver because of immigration issues in the U.S.
My experience in the corporate world has been that whenever a company opened an office in a location that made no business sense when you looked under the baloney, the real reason was some senior manager wanted to live in that in the location.
I told every member of the media who asked me about this issue to look for a senior manager in Microsoft who is from Vancouver.
The responses to that opinion were along the lines of, "Why would Microsoft lie about this?" and "Why would a company spend the kind of money it takes to open an office just for the benefit of a manager?"
Not one media outlet printed my opinion.
Last week Microsoft announced that it was appointing Don Mattrick to head its Interactive Entertainment Division.
The Microsoft press release does not mention that Mr. Mattrick was born and reared in the Vancouver area nor does it mention that Mr. Mattrick will continue to live in the Vancouver area.
Does anyone want to bet that the Microsoft Vancouver facility will be in a location that is an easy commute to Mr. Mattrick's house?