U.S. official blasts Burger King for move to Canada

Signs for a Tim Hortons restaurant, foreground, and Signs for a Tim Hortons restaurant, foreground, and a Burger King restaurant are displayed along Peach Street Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Erie, Penn. Photo Credit: AP / Christopher Millette

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says Burger King's decision to move its corporate headquarters to Canada is shortsighted.

WIBC-FM reports Perez said during a visit to Indianapolis Wednesday that there's nothing to stop Burger King customers from eating elsewhere to punish the company.

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Miami-based Burger King announced last week it was buying Ontario-based coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and moving its corporate headquarters north of the border to lower its corporate tax rate.

A phone message seeking comment was left for a Burger King spokesman.

Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined Perez on a visit to Indianapolis Pike High School. Donnelly says Burger King trucks will still travel U.S. highways to make deliveries to franchises and the company should pay its fair share of taxes to support roads.

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