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Save the Visitor Rebate Program

We, the undersigned, know that eliminating the Visitor Rebate Program (VRP) will cost the Canadian economy millions of dollars and thousands of lost jobs.

Tourism directly employs more than 600,000 Canadians across the country and provides indirect employment for a further one million. Many communities depend almost entirely on tourism for their survival.

The VRP, by which foreign tourists are reimbursed for the GST on accommodation and eligible retail items purchased in Canada, is an attractive travel incentive. Canada is in fierce international competition for tourist dollars. Cutting the VRP without replacing it sends a message to foreign visitors that Canada doesnt appreciate them.

Our industry is already hurting from the strong Canadian dollar, post 9/11 terrorism fears, the imminent imposition of costly new passport requirements on American visitors and other factors. Many jobs have already been lost. We are deeply concerned that eliminating the VRP will deal another cruel and unnecessary blow to Canadian businesses and communities.

We ask the Conservative government in Ottawa to preserve the Visitor Rebate Program or, at the very least, to consider replacing it with a privatized model.

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А lhon. James Flaherty, ministre des Finances du Canada

Sauvez le Programme de remboursement aux visiteurs

Nous, les soussignйs, croyons que lйlimination du Programme de remboursement aux visiteurs (PRV) entraоnera des pertes de millions de dollars pour lйconomie canadienne, ainsi que des milliers demplois.

Le tourisme emploie directement plus de 600 000 Canadiennes et Canadiens et en emploie un million de plus indirectement. De nombreuses communautйs dйpendent presque entiиrement sur le tourisme pour leur subsistance.

Le PRV, au titre duquel les visiteurs йtrangers sont remboursйs pour la TPS payйe sur lhйbergement et les articles de dйtail admissibles procurйs au Canada, est un programme avantageux qui encourage les visiteurs йtrangers а venir au Canada. Notre pays est en compйtition fйroce pour les revenus touristiques. Si nous annulons le PRV sans le remplacer, nous donnons limpression aux visiteurs йtrangers que le Canada ne les apprйcie pas.

Notre industrie souffre dйjа dun dollar canadien fort, des craintes suivant le 11 septembre, de lobligation imminente des nouvelles exigences de passeport pour les visiteurs amйricains ainsi que dautres facteurs. De nombreux emplois ont dйjа йtй perdus. Lannulation du PRV sera un obstacle de plus, un fardeau lourd et inutile pour les entreprises et communautйs canadiennes.

Nous demandons au gouvernement conservateur de conserver le Programme de remboursement aux visiteurs ou de considйrer au moins le remplacer avec un modиle privй.






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Hon. James Flaherty, Minister of Finance

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