Skip the PST on Restaurant Meals

Sep 19, 2023 | 2023 Election News

Supporting restaurants and making dining more affordable: Wharton

WEST ST. PAUL — Manitoba PCs are committing to removing the PST from restaurant meals to make the cost of dining more affordable and give a much-needed boost in support to the ongoing recovery of the restaurant industry.

“Restaurants have faced hardship and uncertainty over the past few years,” said Wharton. “We have heard from restaurants that they need support—and we know that Manitobans want to support their local eateries, and enjoy eating out with their families. By making the cost of dining more affordable, more Manitobans will happily support local restaurants.”

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Manitoba’s small businesses in the hospitality sector say that reducing their tax burden needs to be a priority for the next provincial government to support their recovery and economic growth. By reducing this burden, businesses say they will use the tax savings to pay down debt, increase employee compensation, and lower or maintain their prices, according to CFIB.

“This is huge,” said Sunil Bhatara, a West St. Paul restaurant owner. “I’m so glad to see the PCs supporting the restaurant industry after some tough years—but more importantly, this is helping make it more affordable for people and families to go out and enjoy themselves.”

Today’s pledge builds on the PCs’ vision for economic development and a more competitive business environment. This week, we shared our plan to create more jobs and attract more workers by making the cost of living and doing business in Manitoba more competitive. By making Manitoba more affordable with lower taxes, people from across Canada and abroad will be attracted to come to Manitoba and enjoy all that the province has to offer.

“Eating out occasionally, or ordering in, is something households budget for. But if it’s too costly, it’s one of the first things to be removed from the family budget,” said Richard Perchotte, PC candidate for Selkirk. “Removing the PST from those quick meals when you’re running the kids around, or wanting a nice evening out, makes a difference.”

Progressive Conservatives are the only party offering permanent affordability and a vision to grow the economy to make Manitoba a ‘have’ province.

You can see the PC Party of Manitoba’s economic development platform online at

The provincial election will be held on October 3, 2023.


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