Diane Brisebois, the president and CE0 of the 40,000-member Retail Council of Canada, said she is "baffled by the fact that the GST reduction will be effective not only on Canada Day, a statutory holiday, but also the fact that it is a Saturday."
"In many jurisdictions, most stores must be closed on July 1 or face fines for operating on a statutory holiday, with some exceptions such as designated tourist areas or where municipal bylaws permit, which creates an unfair playing field and lots of confusion for consumers," she said.
Brisebois added that retailers may not be able to get technology and telecommunications help on the long weekend if problems with the switch to the lower tax rate occur.
Somehow I think businesses will manage just fine. If they staved off the Y2K bug apocalypse, they can work around having to reset their cash registers on a holiday weekend.