Canadian Convenience Stores Association

Canadian Convenience Stores Association

July 16, 2013 09:11 ET

Canadian Convenience Stores Association Congratulates New Federal Cabinet

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 16, 2013) - The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) would like to extend their best wishes to new and returning ministers as Prime Minister Harper unveils his new cabinet today.

"On behalf of Canada's 23,000 convenience store retailers, I would like to congratulate all Ministers on their appointments," said Alex Scholten, President of the CCSA. "With new faces taking over several ministries that work closely with our industry, we are looking forward to developing relationships with these capable individuals," said Scholten.

The CCSA looks forward to working with the new Ministers at Health, Public Safety, Economic Development and Revenue, as well as Ministers continuing their roles in Small Business and Finance, as they look to advance the industry's position on issues related to credit card fees, contraband tobacco, food and consumer product regulation and small business issues.

With respect to public safety, the CCSA has worked closely with the Harper Government to address the issue of contraband tobacco as it impacts community safety. They have also been working to communicate the importance of having additional RCMP officers and other federal resources dedicated to combat this illegal activity and of increased penalties for those that are caught trafficking such products. "Although these measures will have a positive impact on efforts to fight the spread of contraband tobacco and the organized crime groups that profit from such activity, the issue is far from being resolved. We look forward to working with incoming Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney on developing additional measures or approaches to this troubling and persistent public safety issue." said Scholten.

The Canadian Convenience Stores Association is a not-for-profit organization that represents the business interests of Canada's convenience store industry. The mission of the association is to help ensure an economically viable and sustainable business environment for members by serving the best interests of Canada's convenience store operators and consumers alike through advocacy, advice, education and training.

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