(Jun. 17/14) Restaurants Canada congratulates Ontario Premier Wynne on leading her government to victory on June 12. The Liberal Party gained 11 seats, which turns their minority government into a majority for a four-year mandate. Premier Wynne plans to recall the legislature on July 2 to pass the spring budget that had triggered the election.
What to watch for
Restaurants Canada will work with Finance Minister Charles Sousa to minimize the impact of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan – introduced in the budget – on our members.
Other initiatives that may be passed in the fall include:
- Bill 131 on tobacco reduction (i.e. smoking on patios);
- Bill 162 on menu labelling; and
- Bill 165 on minimum wage tied with inflation.
We don’t expect to see the tipping bill reintroduced, due to the unseating of its champion Michael Prue. We also don’t anticipate the return of the bill on waste reduction because it was universally criticized.
Restaurants Canada will work with the Liberal majority government for solutions that address our members’ long-standing issues. A strong and vibrant restaurant industry contributes to jobs, tourism and agriculture for Ontario.
Restaurants Canada created profiles of the restaurant industry’s impact on ridings across the province, and sent these to all candidates during the election campaign. Restaurants Canada members get online access to these profiles to help them talk about our industry with new and returning MPPs. See how your riding stacks up!
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Top photo, L to R: Restaurants Canada’s James Rilett and Garth Whyte, Premier Wynne, and Minister of Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles.