Media Advisory - Restaurant spokespersons available for comment after HST meeting with Finance Minister

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Representatives of the Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association (CRFA) are meeting today with Finance Minister Colin
Hansen on how to fix the damage the HST will cause to the restaurant industry.
CRFA representatives will be available for comment following the meeting.

    WHEN:     Wed. August 5, 2009 at approximately 1 p.m.

    WHERE:    The lobby of the World Trade Centre, 999 Canada Place,

    WHO:      CRFA President and CEO Garth Whyte and CRFA Vice President
              Western Canada, Mark von Schellwitz.

    WHAT:     Reaction to the meeting with the Finance Minister regarding HST
              impact on the restaurant industry.

    Adding a 7% PST onto the 5% GST will more than double the sales tax on
restaurant meals. This will result in a dramatic decrease in consumer spending
on eating out. A survey released yesterday by CRFA revealed that 91% of
restaurant operators believe the HST will have a negative impact on their
    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

For further information:

For further information: Mark von Schellwitz, CRFA Vice President
Western Canada, (604) 685-9655 or; Jeni Armstrong, CRFA
Communications Specialist, (416) 649-4254 or

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