(Nov. 4/14) Restaurants Canada took critical industry issues like the labour shortage, credit card acceptance fees and nutrition information to Parliament Hill on Oct. 20 and 21. Over the course of 23 meetings, Restaurants Canada, its Board of Directors and other industry leaders discussed the issues that affect our members the most with Members of Parliament.

Meeting with Prime Minister Harper
Restaurants Canada also met separately with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney to highlight the restaurant industry’s employment and economic contributions to Canada. During the 40-minute meeting, we discussed the important role of immigrants to our industry and country. Restaurants Canada Chair Liam Dolan and Director Gerard Curran relayed how they arrived in Canada with less than $300 but now operate successful businesses that employ more than 200 Canadians in Charlottetown and Calgary.

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Top photo: Restaurants Canada presented Prime Minister Harper with an official chef jacket. L to R: Restaurants Canada Chair Liam Dolan (Claddagh Oyster House/Olde Dublin Pub), Restaurants Canada’s Garth Whyte, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Restaurants Canada Director Gerard Curran (The James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant) and Restaurants Canada’s Joyce Reynolds. (Photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister)

Inset photo: L to R: Restaurants Canada’s Joyce Reynolds, Restaurants Canada Chair Liam Dolan, Restaurants Canada’s Garth Whyte, Prime Minister Harper, Minister Kenney, and Restaurants Canada Director Gerard Curran.


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