Party leaders’ views on payroll taxes sought by CRFA

Association sends open letter to federal party leaders
||Last Updated: 04/14/2011

Canada’s party leaders are being asked to give their views on seven issues, including payroll taxes, by the

Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association


“Restaurants are economic engines in communities across the country,” said

Garth Whyte,


resident and CEO of the association, in a letter to the leaders. “We are

the fourth-largest private sector employer in the country, creating more than one million jobs. We generate over $60 billion in annual sales and represent nearly four per cent of Canada’s GDP. We are the number one source of first-time jobs and one in five jobs for youth in Canada is in that sector, said the CRFA.

The most important question is this, said the CRFA: “Does your party recognize and value the contribution that restaurants make to the economy and communities across Canada?”

In addition to payroll taxes, the association is looking for the leaders’ stand on red tape, credit card fees, unfair tax treatment under the GST/HST, labour shortage, healthy living and supply management.

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