Retail Council of Canada Calls on All Political Leaders to Take a Stand on Credit Card Fees

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomes the New
Democratic Party (NDP)'s plan to address consumer issues, namely the
skyrocketing hidden credit card fees imposed on Canadians and calls on the
Liberal, Conservative, Green and Bloc Quebecois leaders to take a stance on
this issue. Canadians need to know what political leaders, if elected, will do
about the $4.5 billion dollars in hidden credit card fees paid by Canadians
each year.
    "Today, Jack Layton demonstrated that he was committed to joining RCC and
its coalition to fight against skyrocketing hidden credit card fees imposed by
Big Credit Card companies and the banks that issue their cards," said Diane J.
Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada. "We encourage all
the leaders to tell Canadians their plans for protecting Canadian consumers
and businesses."
    Earlier this week, RCC and a coalition of like-minded associations
launched "," a national campaign against Big Credit
Card companies and the banks that issue their cards that have been imposing
skyrocketing hidden credit card fees on all Canadians.
    Over the next few weeks, politicians will be calling our homes and
knocking on Canadians' doors asking for support. RCC is asking Canadians to
stand and ask these politicians what their plan is to address the issue.

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    StopStickingItToUs Coalition members include:

    Retail Council of Canada, Alberta Liquor Store Association, Canadian
Booksellers Association, Canadian Convenience Stores Association, Canadian
Council of Grocery Distributors, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers,
Canadian Jewellers Association, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association, Conseil Quebecois du commerce de detail (Quebec Retail Council),
Hotel Association of Canada, Ontario Accommodation Association, Ontario
Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, Retail B.C, The Canadian Independent
Petroleum Marketers Association, The British Columbia Restaurant and Food
Services Association, The Retail Merchant's Association of Canada (Ontario).

    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.

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For further information: For inquiries, please contact Mark Beazley,
Director, Communications, Retail Council of Canada, at (416) 922-0553, ext.
228; toll free at (888) 373-8245, ext. 228; e-mail:

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