ALBERTA, CANADA — It was a united stand against Canada’s federal and government policies that allegedly hurt Alberta’s restaurant industry.
In a press conference some legislators, Restaurant of Canada representatives and restaurant owners joined forces to express its disgust over these policies.
“Many of the restaurant industry’s concerns are shared across the country because of the policies both by the NDP, and the liberals have drastically increased the cost of doing business, and its time to stand up and say enough is enough,” said MP Matt Jeneroux, Edmonton-Riverbend.
These policy changes include the implementation of a federal carbon tax, hiking payroll taxes, cuts to employee benefits and proposed tax changes for the coming year.
In Alberta, the provincial government has increased the minimum wage to $13.60 per hour and and plans to increase it to $15.00 per hour by 2018.
This will make Alberta highest minimum wage payer in the country according to the retail council of Canada.
Filipino restaurants are not spared from these policy changes.
“Unang una ang pagtaas ng sweldo so pag tumaas ang sweldo tapos ang presyo ng mga pagkain namin hindi namin mataasan kasi lilipat sila sa iba,” said Remelie Serrano, Mama Nita’s restaurant owner. “Then pangalawa yong tax kong tataas ang sweldo tataas din ang babayaran namin sa cra, pati expenses. Mahihirapan din kami so parang wala lang walang ka ng kita.”
Restaurants Canada says the industry accounts for nearly 4% of Alberta’s gross domestic product, 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.