For Open Sources Guelph, the election came to an end on Thursday with the final interview of this Federal Election cycle. Last, but certainly not least, was the man that presently holds the job as Guelph’s Member of Parliament, Lloyd Longfield. Did he make the case to Guelph voters to send him back to the House of Commons again?
Guelph’s been sending a Liberal to Parliament for 26 years, why do it more another four?
“It’s a progressive city, and the people represented haven’t been the same people for sure. There’s been very different approaches and very different times that people were living in, but one of the constants was to look at the road ahead, and ask how can we do things differently? How do we improve? […] However ‘progressive’ gets defined, in my world I’ve always defined it as social, environmental, and economic balance. So how do you have an economic plan that respects the environment and helps people that need support?”
What can Longfield say to people disappointed in Justin Trudeau?
“I would say there’s a reaction, some of which would be warranted, about the things that didn’t happen or we were hoping to see happen like electoral reform, which was one of my personal disappointments. […] The reality is some of these things that we’re working on, when you’re trying to work through different orders of government and you’re trying to change the way people think about climate change and putting a price on pollution, there’s a lot of pushback from a lot of different places that we have to work through.”
Lessons from this election?
“I think we’ve had a lot of success that we need to build on. The Smart Cities challenge is one that I’ve been personally involved with, the $10 million that the City got to create a circular food economy. They opened up their office yesterday, and I was at the ribbon cutting. If I get re-elected, I would be very involved with that. We need to look how we implement things like a Youth Mental Health and Addiction centre in Guelph, and I’ve been working on that with the University, the Rotary Club, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Homewood, the YMCA-YWCA… We have willing partners at the table, and we have partners at the table that really don’t want to see success through a Liberal government. They would rather see failure and then blame a Liberal government. So we need to redress that reality and find our willing partners, and find ways of doing things together that will make for a better community that supports everybody here.”
No cabinet position for Longfield.
“I said to the prime minister in one of our meetings that I love serving Guelph, and the way that I’m able to pivot between projects. I went up to the Arctic last summer and worked at the climate change research centre that’s run by Pierre Fogal from Guelph, and then I can go into boiled water advisories in First Nations, and then work on Canada’s Food Policy with the University of Guelph. I have such a diverse opportunity when I’m allowed to just be the Member of Parliament representing Guelph, I can work in a lot of areas that Guelph can contribute to, so I really hope I get the same job I had last time because I love it.”
We’ll be coming the Federal Election results live on Monday night from 7 pm to 12 am on CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca.