REGINA, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Not only has Saskatchewan's budget
dropped the ball on modernizing an antiquated liquor system, but it has
also slammed the province's restaurant industry with a three-per-cent
liquor tax hike.
"Saskatchewan has an archaic liquor pricing system, where inequity is
the name of the game," says Dwayne Marling, Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association's (CRFA's) Vice-President
Manitoba-Saskatchewan. "While some classes of licensees receive
discounts, restaurants get nothing. There is also no differential
liquor pricing for licensees and consumers at retail stores. Government
has missed a golden opportunity to bring some balance to its liquor
In pre-budget consultations, CRFA had presented government with
recommendations that would modernize the province's antiquated liquor
regulations and create a more progressive and fair pricing system. CRFA
will continue to raise this issue on behalf of our members.
"Simply put, this increase in liquor taxes is nothing but a tax grab
directed at the restaurant industry," says Marling. "All it will do is
further squeeze one of the province's largest employment sectors."
Saskatchewan's $2-billion restaurant industry is an important economic
force, representing 2.6% of the provincial economy. The province's
restaurant industry directly employs more than 3,200 people, or 6% of
the provincial workforce, in every community.
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 employs
more than one million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
CONTACT: Dwayne Marling, 204-688-8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254 or email@example.com.