Bob Benzen, Conservative Member of Parliament for the Calgary Heritage riding of Alberta, arrived in Kingston on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 to sit down with local small business owners and manufacturers.
Benzen, who owns an oil and gas services company in Alberta, wanted to speak with local businesspeople about “the need for a federal framework in which good governance, lower taxes and fair regulations gives entrepreneurs opportunities for success,” something he says has been lacking under the Liberal Party of Canada.
“As the official Opposition, it’s important for our Leader, Andrew Scheer, and Conservative Members to hear from all Canadians,” Benzen said. “The concerns I hear, I also hear in my riding and across the country. Liberal taxes hikes are making it harder for entrepreneurs and manufacturers to grow their businesses.”
Benzen and Conservative candidate for Kingston and the Islands, Ruslan Yakoviychuk, met with approximately 20 business people for a roundtable, which was held at the Travel Lodge Hotel on Princess Street. They discussed the impacts the Liberal’s carbon tax will have on business and agricultural producers in Ontario in 2019, as well as the potential increased costs for the third crossing due to the US steel tariff.
“Our Canadian entrepreneurs work hard each and every day to produce high quality products. I don’t understand why the Trudeau government is making it harder for our small businesses to compete. Instead of raising taxes, the Liberals should be focused on opening new markets for Canadian products,” Benzen said in a press release.
“Our Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer knows what it’s like to grow up in a middle-income household and what it’s like to raise a family today in Canada. Canada’s Conservatives will always put Canadians first and work hard to ensure that, at the end of the day, seniors, families, farmers, and business owners, are better off and can take pride in what they grow and give back to their communities.”
Benzen visited Kingston as part of his ‘Whistlestop Tour.’