REGINA, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The further modernization of Saskatchewan's
liquor regulations implemented this week is welcome news to the
province's $2-billion restaurant sector. Saskatchewan's antiquated
liquor regulatory regime has been a thorn in the side of licensed
restaurants, bars and caterers for many years.
"These changes show progress in addressing concerns we have raised on
behalf of our members for some time now," says Dwayne Marling,
Manitoba-Saskatchewan Vice-President of the Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association (CRFA). "The government is showing that it is
listening to our feedback and suggestions from last year's
Reductions in red tape and reporting requirements will benefit all
licensees. However, a wholesale rewrite of the province's liquor laws
is long overdue and would significantly improve the functioning of both
SLGA and those it regulates.
"We appreciate the government's commitment, and particularly Minister
Harpauer's, to improve Saskatchewan's liquor regulatory regime," says
Marling. "We share its belief that modern, simplified, streamlined and
realistic liquor laws will benefit all residents of Saskatchewan. We
urge government to seriously consider a ground-up rewrite of the
legislation and regulations to modernize them even more effectively."
As Saskatchewan's fourth-largest private-sector employer, the restaurant
industry directly employs more than 32,000 people at over 2,100
establishments. Twenty-two per cent 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. Canada's restaurant industry generates
$65 billion annually in economic activity and employs more than 1.1
million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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