The British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association is heating up its opposition to the provincial government's harmonized sales tax. Last week, association president and chief executive officer Ian Tostenson announced that tax "is not welcome news for the over 12,000 foodservices." And now, in an email distributed to industry colleagues this afternoon, Mr. Tostenson has stated, "It's time to fight back!" - launching a campaign that will include a "series of town hall meetings in a number of cities in upcoming weeks," a blog and an online petition. According to the email, the association will be taking a "very fact based non-emotional approach to our government negotiation." The following is a complete copy.
Dear Industry Colleague,
As you know from our correspondance to you last week, the Provincial government has broken their election promise and gone forward with the harmonization tax, which will go into effect July 1, 2010.
Our response- It's time to fight back! Today we have launched a number of initiatives to ensure your voice is heard.
* Sign the BCRFA petition - online or download it and fax it in.
* Contribute to our blog - tell us and the government how this new tax will affect your business, and communicate with your fellow members.
* Coming to a city near you - we will be launching a series of town hall meetings in a number of cities in upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out for dates near you.
* Regualar updates available through our website, twitter, e-news etc.
Our strategy is to take a very fact based non-emotional approach to our government negotiation. We view this tax as regressive to the industry as well as the consumers, and we will be relentless in pursuing an outcome that neutralizes any harm to our industry businesses.
As we go through this process, I want you to keep in mind that membership numbers show strength when negotiating with government. If you are not a member, (call us to confirm 1-877-669-2239) I urge you to get involved to assist us in ensuring a favourable outcome. If you are a member, I urge you to encourage any non-member industry colleagues to ensure they join us to help strengthen our voice.
Thank you in advance for your support