After nine years in the cold of the Opposition bench, Guelph has a seat in government again, and it will be filled by former Chamber of Commerce president Lloyd Longfield. The newly elected Libeal Member of Parliament for Guelph sat down with the Guelph Politicast this past week for his first, full-length post-election interview.
In the course of our conversation, Longfield and I talked about his campaign’s strategy, and why he thinks Guelph went red again, and then we looked forward to the work ahead, his priorities and the priorities he’s hearing about from the electorate. We also discussed how he’ll make electoral reform a priority like he promised, how he’ll distinguish himself from outgoing MP Frank Valeriote, and what his message is to the the people of Guelph, the ones that voted for him and the ones that didn’t.
With nearly half of the 73 per cent of Guelphites that cast votes on October 19 had cast votes for Longfield, and there are a lot of people with high expectations for him, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. Still, it seems that Longfield is calm, cool, and ready for the challenges ahead.
But don’t take my word for it! Let’s listen to Longfield talk about the future (and a bit about the past) on the latest episode of the Guelph Politicast.
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