TORONTO, May 3 /CNW/ - The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the
Conservative Party for achieving a majority government and Mr. Layton
and the NDP for becoming the Official Opposition.
"We look forward to working with the new government on food, tax and
labour policies that make sense for foodservice, one of Canada's most
important industries," says Garth Whyte, CRFA's President and CEO. "MP
candidates visiting restaurants daily on the campaign trail got a clear
message from our operators - restaurants are too important to Canada's
economy and social fabric to be ignored."
Faced with rising food prices, labour shortages and food supply
challenges, as well as other regulatory, tax and nutrition issues, CRFA
is urging the new government to take a more integrated approach to
agri-food policy. As part of this, CRFA recommends the establishment of
a new Cabinet Committee on Food which filters all government policies.
Canada's $60-billion foodservice industry is one of the largest
employers in the country, directly employing more than one million
people in communities from coast to coast. According to a recent Ipsos
poll for Kraft Foodservice Canada and CRFA, 22% of Canadians were first
employed by the restaurant industry, making it the number one source of
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. CRFA works to create an environment
that allows foodservice operators in communities across Canada to grow
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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