Media advisory - Retail Council of Canada to comment on Federal Budget

    OTTAWA, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Peter Woolford, Vice President of Policy and
Research for Retail Council of Canada (RCC) will be available to comment on
the federal budget once it has been presented to the House. In its pre-budget
submission, RCC identified the following needs, concerns and recommendations
on behalf of retailers across the country:

    (*) Personal income tax cut, aimed primarily at lower- and middle-income

    (*) Invest in infrastructure to sustain or create jobs.

    (*) Harmonization of regulations among provinces and between federal and
        provincial bodies to improve competitiveness.

    (*) A federal examination into the practices and fees of credit card
        companies to address substantial fee increases being borne by

    WHEN:    Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 pm (approx.)
    WHERE:   Parliament Hill (253-D, Centre Block, Railway Room)

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has been the Voice of Retail in Canada
since 1963. We speak for an industry that touches the daily lives of Canadians
in every corner of the country - by providing jobs, career opportunities, and
by investing in the communities we serve.
    RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more
than 40,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including
department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants.
    RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all
levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth and
career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustain retail investments in
communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry
competitiveness. RCC also provides its members with a full range of services
and programs including education and training, benchmarking and best
practices, networking, advocacy, and industry information.

For further information:

For further information: Mark Beazley, Director, Communications, Retail
Council of Canada, or (416) 922-0553 ext. 228, toll
free at 1-888-373-8245 ext. 228

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