In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: We couldn’t find much about this week’s question, but can only assume that a 7% was applied to restaurant meals in 1983. If anyone knows more about this tax, please let us know!
Question: How do you feel about the seven per cent tax now imposed on restaurant meals?
Pascal Tiphine – Restaurant Owner – Alpine Meadows
It’s a pain. We can’t use your computer now and it takes more staff to do the books. Things are already hard for people at Whistler, now they’re taxing us even more. Everyone on all sides tries to take your money.
Ken Findlay – Waiter – Alta Vista
Actually it doesn’t cause me many problems, though it does hurt tips a little. I think if they’re going to impose a seven per cent tax they should either put it on everything or on nothing. This way creates problems.
Simone Aaron – Bar Manager – Tamarisk
It’s really making it complicated for people in the restaurant business. Tips will be less, that’s for sure. I think they should get organized and include that amount in the price of the food like they do in Quebec.