Edmonton, AB – Matt Jeneroux, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend and co-chair of the Alberta Jobs Taskforce, today joined Nathan Cooper, interim leader of the United Conservative Party, and representatives from Restaurants Canada in Edmonton to highlight how Alberta’s restaurant industry is being negatively impacted by federal and provincial policies that are increasing costs for local businesses.

According to Restaurants Canada, the restaurant industry accounts for nearly 4% of Alberta’s GDP and provides Albertans with 148,700 jobs plus 34,200 indirect jobs, making it the fourth largest employer in Alberta. The restaurant industry is also the number one source of first-time jobs. However, never-ending federal and provincial policies are causing local business owners to reduce employment and increase prices in order to keep their doors open.

“The Liberals’ current tax proposals are just the latest addition in a long line of policy changes that are driving up the costs of operating a local business. These changes, including implementing a federal carbon tax, hiking payroll taxes, attacking employee benefits and altering existing tax structures, will force business owners to make difficult decisions in order to stay afloat,” said MP Jeneroux. “For Canadians, that means fewer jobs and higher prices at local restaurants and shops. Enough is enough. Justin Trudeau cannot keep raising taxes on hardworking Canadians to pay for his out-of-control spending.”

“Contrary to Liberal and NDP narratives, these hardworking Albertans have no problem paying their fair share, but the heavy burden placed on them by these policies is threatening their ability to remain viable in what is already an extremely challenging business environment,” said Nathan Cooper, interim leader of the United Conservative Party.

“Over the past two years, Restaurants Canada has heard from many frustrated Alberta members warning that they will not be able to survive the perfect storm of declining same store sales while being forced to absorb significant government imposed cost increases for long,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President, Western Canada, of Restaurants Canada. “Adding these mandated cost increases in a declining sales environment has resulted in numerous restaurant closures, less work for the thousands of Albertans we employ, and less tax revenue for government. We are calling on governments at all levels to stop piling on extra costs on small businesses.”

“We don’t want to have to choose between laying off employees or cutting hours and keeping our doors open but policies at both the federal and provincial levels have put many of us in this unfortunate position,” said Chris Decock, Hudsons Canada’s Pub.

“Costly government policies have really cut into what were already razor thin profit margins, forcing us to make difficult decisions that have real consequences for our customers and employees,” said Patrick Saurette, The Marc.

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For more information, please contact:

Victoria Santos
Communications Manager
Matt Jeneroux, MP
Edmonton Riverbend
Phone : 613-992-3594
Email : Matt.Jeneroux@parl.gc.ca

Samantha Johnston
Director of Communications and Press Secretary
United Conservative Party
Phone: 780-720-5123

Mark von Schellwitz
Vice President, Western Canada
Restaurants Canada
Phone: 604-809-5719
Email: Mark@restaurantscanada.org

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