OTTAWA — More than 140 politicians and restaurant owners joined to discuss the state of the restaurant industry at the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association’s (CRFA) second-annual Restaurant Industry Summit on Parliament Hill last week.
“CRFA’s Summit is a key opportunity to meet face to face with politicians and tell them what matters to our industry — and why our industry matters,” said Garth Whyte, president and CEO of the CRFA.
“We’re emphasizing that creating an environment for restaurants to grow and prosper is good policy and good politics.”
Attendees included Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance; Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism; and Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. The CRFA raised a number of issues with MPs, including the economic contribution of the restaurant industry, rising credit-card fees, labour shortages, strategies on how to grow the Canadian market and the Informed Dining program in British Columbia, aimed at providing restaurant guests with more nutritional information.