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Statement from MasterCard Canada re: CFIB Proposal

TORONTO, July 7, 2009 – MasterCard Canada agrees with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business that a non-regulated solution to small merchant concerns about credit and debit card acceptance is best.

MasterCard has already been in discussions with the CFIB and made proposals to address issues of concern and has requested and received details of the CFIB proposal today. MasterCard looks forward to continued productive discussions in upcoming meetings.

Canada has a dynamic and well-functioning payments system where merchants and consumers enjoy unparalleled access to numerous payment methods.

“Any consideration of changes to the system needs to look at the realistic impacts on consumers to make safe, secure and convenient purchases and merchants to conduct business effectively,” said Kevin Stanton, President, MasterCard Canada. “We applaud the CFIB’s proposal as a good start toward reaching a commercial solution that addresses small merchant concerns without harming or disrupting a payments system that flawlessly facilitates over $260 billion in Canadian commerce each year. MasterCard continues to work with the retail sector towards practical, meaningful solutions that serve the best interests of both consumers and merchants.”

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Reed
MasterCard Canada
416-365-6664
jennifer_reed@mastercard.com