Restaurants Canada congratulates Alberta’s United Conservative Party on electoral victory

Published April 17, 2019

EDMONTON — Restaurants Canada congratulates Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party on being elected to lead Alberta’s 30th legislature.

“We look forward to seeing this new government get down to work improving operational realities for restaurants across the province,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “When foodservice businesses thrive, so do the communities they serve.”

Restaurants Canada shared 16 policy recommendations with Alberta’s four major parties on Jan. 14 in the hopes that they would be incorporated into all their platforms in the lead up to the provincial election.

More than 20 campaign promises were ultimately made that would positively impact foodservice operations in five key areas where Restaurants Canada had called for solutions — including at least two positive promises from every major party. The vast majority of positive pledges came from the United Conservative Party.

“Our industry’s call for action was heard loud and clear,” said Shanna Munro, Restaurants Canada President and CEO. “We are encouraged by the policies that the UCP has proposed in response to our recommendations. They will certainly provide much needed relief for Alberta’s restaurateurs.”

According to a recent survey by Restaurants Canada, one in three foodservice businesses in Alberta might close their doors if the realities of running a restaurant in the province don’t improve.

Restaurants Canada looks forward to working with all newly elected members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly, from all parties, to improve conditions for foodservice operators across the province.  

About Restaurants Canada

Restaurants Canada represents a growing community of more than 30,000 businesses, advancing their potential through services, research and advocacy. Canada’s foodservice sector is an $89 billion industry, directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs and serves 22 million customers every day.

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