"increase the number of foreign temporary workers allowed into Canada under the Foreign Temporary Worker's Program".Norquay lobbied both Citizenship and Immigration and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Tim Hortons isn't Norquay's only TFW lobbying gig [bold italics - mine]:
Client name: Microsoft Canada
Lobbyist name: Geoff Norquay, Consultant
Initial registration start date: 2006-04-06 to present
Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of CanadaAnd lo - last month Microsoft announced it would be launching a Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver. The news about it up here was pretty much all jobs jobs jobs :
- Discussions with federal officials in the Departments of Employment and Social Development, Citizenship and Immigration, Industry Canada and Privy Council Office regarding the establishment of the British Columbia Excellence Centre to facilitate entry into Canada of foreign nationals to work in software development on a rotational basis under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
CBC : Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre to bring 400 jobs to Vancouver
Vancouver Sun : Microsoft to open new centre in Vancouver, 400 new jobs
HuffPo : Microsoft Canada Announces Vancouver Centre, 400 Jobs
South of the border however the same story was about how Microsoft was moving here to access Canada's more open policy to bringing in temporary foreign workers, after the US limit was reached for the year :
Canada welcomes any highly skilled worker who has a job offer, and salaries for tech workers are about 10 percent to 15 percent lower than in the U.S.OK, so a boost to the economy but not 400 Canadians jobs.
Karen Jones, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, says her company applied for about twice the roughly 750 H-1B visas it received for 2015. “The U.S. laws clearly did not meet our needs,” she says. “We have to look to other places.” Microsoft will hire and train 400 software developers from around the world to work on mobile and cloud projects. Jones says Microsoft didn’t choose to expand in Vancouver “purely for immigration purposes, but immigration is a factor.”
Yeah, I think we heard about this plan in 2007 : Microsoft sings 'O Canada' amid immigration challenges
The new software development center will open somewhere in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area and will be "home to software developers from around the world," Microsoft said in a statement on Thursday.H/t Bill Curry at G&M for mention of Norquay/Microsoft connection :
"The Vancouver area is ... close to Microsoft's corporate offices in Redmond, Washington."
Businesses lobby to salvage foreign worker program
although the quote from the lobbyist registry appears to be cut off at the bottom of the story just before the words "under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program"