CRFA looks forward to working with Canada's new government

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 first jobs.

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 and prosper.

SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

For further information:

Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Communications Specialist, 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254 or pvasanthakumar@crfa.ca.

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