Media Advisory - Restaurant spokesperson available for comment on British Columbia budget



    VICTORIA, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Garth Whyte, President and CEO of the Canadian
Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) will be available in Victoria
on Tues. Sept. 1 to comment on the B.C. provincial budget. Mr. Whyte will be
available for interviews during and immediately following budget lock-up.
    In an August 2009 survey of its members, CRFA revealed that 91% of
restaurant operators believe the harmonized sales tax (HST) will have a
negative impact on their business. CRFA will be watching closely for measures
that will offset the negative impact of the HST on the restaurant industry in
B.C.
    The $10-billion restaurant and foodservice industry is one of the largest
employers in B.C., with 173,000 direct employees, including 80,000 young
people under the age of 25.

    CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with 33,000
members representing independent and chain restaurants, bars, caterers,
institutions and other foodservice providers. Canada's $60-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the
country.





For further information:

For further information: Jill Holroyd, CRFA SVP Marketing and
Communications, (416) 738-7134 or jholroyd@crfa.ca; Jeni Armstrong, CRFA
Communications Specialist, (416) 649-4254 or jarmstrong@crfa.ca


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