This Week in Lloyd: Energy, Criminal Code, and Nomination

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield works a ways from the Royal City, but he’s still working for the people in his riding. So what has he been up to lately? This is “This Week in Lloyd.”

Going Carbon Free

Much of the politics of climate change have been in the court of Premiers like Doug Ford and Scott Moe lately, but the Federal Liberals are looking to change the tune, and look to the future of a carbon free economy.

To that effect, Longfield touted a meeting this week with Evan Ferrari, the Executive Director of eMERGE Guelph (pictured above). eMERGE, which promotes sustainability though electric vehicles and home improvements, is a natural community partner in creating Green jobs and a low carbon economy. Things that would be benefited by the Federal government’s $1.4 billion Low Carbon Leadership Fund.

“It is unfortunate the Ontario government is taking a different direction than Guelph and Canada in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy and water consumption, and introduce new clean technologies to support residents and businesses as well as to create new business opportunities in Guelph,” said Longfield in a press statement. “I am pleased to see the Government of Canada step in to support Guelph directly.”

“This is great news. Hospitals, Schools, municipalities and businesses can be huge drivers in our fight against climate change,” said Ferrari about the funds, and his discussion with Longfield.

“Using financial incentives likes this is key to get there. Energy conservation, efficiency, renewables and electrifying our transportation system are critical in our fight against climate change,” he added.

In the House

Longfield rose in the House of Commons this week to speak on a couple of issues in particular including Bill-75, an act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and about 10 other acts.

“Having read these reports and hearing from many experts on the topic, I am confident that Bill C-75 proposes the right approach in abolishing peremptory challenges,” said Longfield on one measure. “It is a simple and effective way to prevent deliberate discrimination and the arbitrary exclusion of qualified jury members.

According to the Canadian Criminal Law Notebook, a peremptory challenge “refers to the ability for each party to veto a selected juror without the obligation of giving reasons for it.” The Crown is allowed a certain number of these challenges per case depending on the type of charges being tried; from 20 for high treason or first degree murder, to four for any offence with a penalty of five years or less.

“I would like to emphasize that the jury reforms in Bill C-75 mark critical progress in promoting fairness, diversity and participation in the jury selection process,” Longfield added. “These improvements would also enhance efficiencies, as well as public confidence in the criminal justice system.”

You can read Longfield’s full statement over on Open Parliament.

Re-Election Begins

This coming week, Longfield will aim to become the first person to be nominated to run for the 2019 Federal Election.

The local Liberal Riding Association will be holding a nomination meeting on Thursday November 15 at 6:30 pm. The venue, as usual, is the Italian Canadian Club at 135 Ferguson Street. You can learn more and RSVP here.

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