Despite being an MP in Ottawa for more than a decade, and being the youngest speaker of the house, federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer might not be a household name. It is something he understands and admitted to while talking to a gathering of Manitoba business leaders at a special lunch event sponsored by Canad Inns.
Mr. Scheer has spent the better part of his first year as federal leader touring the country, meeting with several Chambers across Canada, and holding town halls introducing himself and sharing his vision if elected Prime Minister. During the formal portion of the event, Scheer spoke about his upbringing and how it helped shape his understanding of the importance of small business, and the value of work. Scheer made a case for not burdening this generation and the next with high tax bills that will come due if the government continues to run deficits.
Following a formal speech, Scheer moved over to chat with Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Chuck Davidson. The conversation quickly turned to the challenges facing Canadian businesses and the impact of trade. Scheer admitted he is concerned about the current climate in the United States and the protectionist views of the Trump administration. He worries that the lack of mention of NAFTA or anything dealing with taxation and address the competitive divide in the business world will keep potential business growth from happening here. Both MCC and the national Chamber have been pushing for a comprehensive review of taxes across the board. When asked if that is something a Scheer led federal government would consider, he said he would consider it. With almost 19 months until the next vote, Scheer says his goal is to provide all Canadians with a party that can grow the economy while cutting taxes, and convincing Canadians they have the plan to do just that.
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