Swiss Chalet is all the rage on Canadian Twitter right now, and not because of a new menu item or a viral video, but because of a pledge from Progressive Conservative Party leader Erin O ‘ Toole.
The party on Wednesday revealed a new “Dine and Discover” program it wants to implement to help put money back into the country’s struggling hospitality industry after the decimation caused by the COVID-19 lockdowns.
As part of the initiative, residents will receive a 50% discount on restaurant meals (alcohol not included) between Mondays and Wednesdays to encourage people to frequent their local restaurants.
– Erin O’Toole (@erinotoole) September 8, 2021
Another part of the program includes tax credits for travel within Canada to help revive the tourism industry, with PCs indicating on their site that “if you don’t care about securing support for Canada’s tourism and hospitality sectors, there are three parties to choose from in this election. If you do, there is only one choice – Canada’s Conservatives ”.
While the concept is nice and all, Twitter followed it (as it tends to) after someone hilariously positioned it as the Tories giving us all a cheap night on the channel though. -loved Swiss Chalet rather than presenting us with new policies that actually impact our lives, like cheaper housing, telecom bills and childcare, and have stepped up social programs.
The Romans gave bread to the peasants. We get a hard roll from Swiss Chalet.
– Keith Mann (@KeithMannMusic) September 8, 2021
“In response to the intertwined crisis of a global pandemic and climate change, the conservatives would like to offer you a half-price evening at the Swiss Chalet”, one person joked, while another rang “Look, man. I love Swiss Chalet as much as the next person. But that can’t be your whole platform. Do better.”
“We asked UBI. You are offering a GST and half price vacation at Swiss Chalet (* some restrictions may apply). You may not be listening,” said yet another.
And then there was comments like “… is this a joke? Please be a joke.”
Swiss Chalet is all the rage in Canada now?
– David Brown (@OrbitStudios) September 8, 2021
Many also remember O’Toole’s other similar platform policy that would give shoppers a break from paying GST during the busy December holiday season – a position many also believe to be deaf by neglecting. the main issues that really concern them.
Some also compare the new proposal to Premier Doug Ford’s famous beer inducement, which you could say was just a distraction from more pressing issues.
I find it so disheartening that he actually thinks that is what Canadians want. The excitement in his voice as he talks about 50% off any restaurant for a WHOLE month. So out of touch. Embarrassing really.
– Michael Gagnon (@ Gagnon37Mike) September 8, 2021
While it’s certainly true that far too many businesses need serious help after COVID, the fact that micropolitics has pissed people off so much shows it’s not the kind of solution Canadians are looking for. right now.