Media advisory: Retail Council of Canada and Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors to Comment on Senate investigation of VISA/MasterCard


    OTTAWA, April 21 /CNW/ - Diane J. Brisebois, Chair of the
StopStickingItToUs Coalition and President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada
(RCC) and David Wilkes, Senior Vice President, Canadian Council of Grocery
Distributors (CCGD) will be available for comment throughout the Senate
Banking Committee hearings this week. The Committee is studying "the credit
and debit card systems in Canada and their relative rates and fees, in
particular for businesses and consumers".This week's scheduled Committee hearings:

    Wednesday, April 22, from 4 p.m. - VISA Canada, MasterCard Canada
    Thursday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. - Members of the StopStickingItToUs
    Coalition, Interac Association

    Location: Room 9, Victoria Building, 140 Wellington Street, Ottawa.About the StopStickingItToUs Coalition

    The StopStickingItToUs Coalition is a group of Canadian associations, led
by Retail Council of Canada and backed by over 200,000 businesses from
coast-to-coast, that is standing up to the Big Credit Card Companies to put a
stop to skyrocketing fees. Its members include: Retail Council of Canada,
Alberta Liquor Store Association, Canadian Booksellers Association, Canadian
Convenience Stores Association, Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors,
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, Canadian Jewellers Association,
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Hotel Association of Canada,
Ontario Accommodation Association, Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel
Association, Retail B.C, The Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers
Association, The British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association,
The Retail Merchant's Association of Canada (Ontario). Wine Council of
Ontario, Mega Group Inc. Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, Canadian Oil
Heat Association, Conseil québécois du commerce de détail, Camping in Ontario,
Tourism Industry Association of Canada, and the Canadian Association of Chain
Drugstores.
    Québec affiliate members: Association des marchands dépanneurs et
épiciers du Québec, Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec,
Association des détaillants en matériaux de construction du Québec,
Association des hôteliers du Québec, Conseil des chaînes de restaurants du
Québec, Conseil canadien de la distribution en alimentation-Québec

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has been the Voice of Retail in Canada
since 1963. We speak for an industry that touches the daily lives of Canadians
in every corner of the country - by providing jobs, career opportunities, and
by investing in the communities we serve. RCC is a not-for-profit,
industry-funded association representing more than 40,000 store fronts of all
retail formats across Canada, including department, specialty, discount, and
independent stores, and online merchants. RCC is a strong advocate for
retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other
stakeholders to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail,
to promote and sustain retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast,
and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness. RCC also provides
its members with a full range of services and programs including education and
training, benchmarking and best practices, networking, advocacy, and industry
information.

    About The Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors

    The Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors(CCGD)is a not-for-profit
organization committed to advancing and promoting the grocery and foodservice
distribution industry in Canada, at both the regional and national level. The
food distribution industry is Canada's second largest commercial sector.
Member sales represent $71.8 billion in retail and $12 billion in foodservice.
Members employ over 428,100 Canadians, and represent over 85% of all grocery
(i.e. food, non-good, non-alcoholic beverages) distribution sales in Canada.




For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact Mark
Beazley, Director, Communications, Retail Council of Canada at (416) 922-0553
ext. 228, email mbeazley@retailcouncil.org; or Krista Pawley, Vice President,
Communications, Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors at (416) 922-6228
ext. 323, email kpawley@ccgd.ca