TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is pleased
that today's Speech from the Throne recognized that change needs to
take place to ensure Canadian consumers are treated fairly. However,
RCC is calling for a continued focus on the reduction of credit card
fees and for more clarity on issues surrounding geographic price
discrimination against Canadians. Merchants look forward to working
with Government to level the playing field.
The Federal Government announced new measures that will benefit
retailers in Canada, including:
The One-for-One rule - eliminating a regulation for every new regulation
added - will ensure that small, mid and large merchants are not
inundated with regulatory burdens.
The introduction of balanced-budget legislation signals a commitment to
fiscal responsibility beneficial to all businesses.
Credential recognition across Canada allowing for the free movement of
workers ensures cost efficiencies, especially for retailers operating
stores in multiple provinces across the country.
Removing interprovincial barriers and working towards common cooperative
regulatory systems is also welcomed as a common sense approach to
reducing unnecessary costs.
RCC welcomes the Government's recognition of the need to address two key
issues facing its members: Canada U.S. price differences and high
merchant credit card fees.
With respect to the costs that consumers face directly, RCC was again
encouraged that the Government expressed an understanding and
recognition that Canadian consumers - and retailers - are tired of
"Today's Speech from the Throne called for the empowerment of consumers
by requiring disclosure of the cost of the different payment methods,"
says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of RCC. "Unfortunately, we
do not believe this goes far enough. RCC's view is that simply telling
people how much they are being overcharged for credit card fees does
not solve the problem. We need real action to address this issue."
Brisebois went on to say that RCC welcomes the Government signalling
that it understands that the issues around tariffs and country pricing
are key factors in price differences between Canada and the U.S. We
look forward to continuing to work with the Federal government to build
a level playing field for retailers and their consumers in Canada.
Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit
association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail
formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional
and national specialty chains, and online merchants.
SOURCE: Retail Council of Canada
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