TORONTO, November 21, 2014 – Restaurateurs from Charlottetown and Calgary sat down with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month to talk about important issues that affect the foodservice industry – a sector that contributes $68-billion to Canada’s economy.

Restaurants Canada Chair Liam Dolan of Prince Edward Island; and Director Gerard Curran of Calgary; were part of a delegation from Restaurants Canada that talked with Harper and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney about the restaurant industry’s employment and economic contributions to Canada.

It was part of a series of 23 meetings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in October. Restaurants Canada members, directors and other leaders in the industry talked with MPs about issues that affect them the most, such as labour shortage and credit card merchant fees.

Two full size photos are available through the hyperlink and at Restaurants Canada’s website:

Photo 1: 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 Past President 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)

Photo 2: L to R: Restaurants Canada’s Joyce Reynolds, Restaurants Canada Chair Liam Dolan, Restaurants Canada’s Past President Garth Whyte, Prime Minister Harper, Minister Kenney, and Restaurants Canada Director Gerard Curran.

Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) is a national association comprising 30,000 businesses in every segment of the foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. Through advocacy, research, and member programs and services, Restaurants Canada is dedicated to helping its members in every community grow and prosper. Canada’s restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.1 million Canadians, contributes $68 billion a year to the Canadian economy (including commercial and non-commercial foodservice), and serves more than 18 million customers every day.

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