Major Canadian Beverage Suppliers led by Coke and Pepsi Forcing the Consumers Association of Canada into Bankruptcy

    OTTAWA, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The Consumers' Association of Canada announced
today that it is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada
regarding important National Issues stemming from a recent decision of The
Appeals Court of British Columbia.
    Coke, Pepsi and the other beverage manufacturers have been imposing a
private tax on consumers for the recycling of beverage containers. The Courts
of British Columbia have held that the Government of British Columbia approved
this private scheme of taxation. The Consumers' Association of Canada is
challenging the constitutionality of this scheme to raise funds levied by the
beverage industry which at present exceeds $200,000,000.
    The BC Court's decision requires both the Consumers Association of Canada
and its President to pay for the beverage industry's legal costs associated
with the Class Action lawsuit brought by the Association in 2005. "This
decision, which was fully supported by all the major players in the beverage
industry, will result in the bankruptcy of the Association if left to stand,"
said Mr Bruce Cran, President of the Consumers Association of Canada. "Our
non-profit, volunteer run, Association which has been the voice of Canadian
Consumers for 60 years will be silenced" he added.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Bruce Cran, President, Consumers'
Association of Canada., Tel. (613) 291-2533; Mr. Murray Smith, Legal Counsel,
Tel. (604) 689-4438

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