Restaurant owners protest Ottawa's proposal to lower drunk-driving laws

A spokesman for Quebec's restaurant lobby says proposed changes to drunk-driving laws could spell doom for the romantic date.

Francois Meunier, who works for an association representing the province's restaurateurs, says the new rules would be a disaster for the industry.

He's also worried about lovers, saying lower blood-alcohol limits would mean a woman could have one drink a man could have perhaps two.

As for a bottle of wine between a couple, he says "forget about'' it.

The federal justice minister has written to her provincial counterparts suggesting lowering the legal limit to 50 milligrams from 80.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says the current limit underestimates the risks of driving at 80 milligrams.