It’s a little over a year until the next Federal Election, but Guelph’s incumbent Member of Parliament has already secured his place to run for re-election. Though the weather outside was frightful, the local Liberals delightfully endorsed Lloyd Longfield as their candidate for 2019.
“I appreciate all the help and input I have received over the past four years, and look forward to continuing to build our team in Guelph as we head into 2019,” Longfield said in a press release last week.
Longfield won the Guelph riding with 49.1 per cent of the vote in the 2015 Federal election. Longfield is the third consecutive MP from the Liberal Party to represent Guelph in the House of Commons; Brenda Chamberlain served from 1993 to 2008, followed by Frank Valeriote from 2008 to 2015.
Longfield is a native of Winnipeg, but he and his family moved to Guelph in 1992 where he became actively involved in a number of boards and committees. In 2008, he was hired as the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, where he represented the Guelph business community for seven years before deciding to run for office.
Along with being Guelph’s MP, Longfield sits on the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology; the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food; the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology; and, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Here’s Longfield’s speech from the 2015 nomination meeting: