This Week in Lloyd: Homelessness, Middle Class Movement and Holidays

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.”

Claim of Thrones

The 43rd session of Parliament kicked off last week with the traditional Speech from the Throne. In an email to constituents, Longfield said that he liked what he heard on the environment, Indigenous affairs and middle class prosperity.

“I was happy to see a clear commitment to ambitious climate action, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, taking significant measures to protect Canada’s land and oceans, and reducing plastic pollution,” Longfield said. “The Government highlighted its ongoing commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada through actions such as eliminating all long-term drinking advisories on reserve by 2021 and ensuring safe drinking water in First Nations communities.

“The Speech from the Throne also signaled a commitment to strengthening the middle class by acting on affordable housing and reducing the cost of cell and wireless services,” he added.

You can watch the full Speech from the Throne here:

Question on Homelessness

Longfield’s first question of the new Parliament went to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The topic was homelessness, and Longfield asked for the latest about how the government was planning on achieving it’s goal to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent?

“When any member of our society ends up on the street, we are all diminished,” said Ahmed Hussen. “That is why our redesign strategy has doubled funding in the fight against homelessness by 2021, and we are making more communities eligible for this important funding.”

“While there is still work to do, ‘Reaching Home’, Canada’s first-ever national housing strategy, will enable us to not only meet but hopefully exceed our already ambitious homelessness reduction targets,” he added.

Hussan was made the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development after the last election. He was previously the Minister of Immigration.

Lloyd Gets Letters

Longfield took a break from the House to look at some mail from the Guelph Community Christian School. In this Twitter video, he said that the favourite part of his job is getting letters and correspondences from constituents, including the ones that can’t vote yet. One of the kids at GCCS, Ruby specifically, asked Longfield about all the meetings he has. “It seems like my life is full of meetings, but that’s where some really great conversations happen, that’s where you learn about other people and you learn about ways of doing things that aren’t maybe the way that you would do them, but there could be a better idea out there,” he said.

Holiday Hangouts

Longfield will be hosting his holiday open house on Friday December 20 from 11 am to 1 pm at his new constituency office at 111 Farquhar Street, Suite 103. Before that, on Tuesday, Longfield will be putting in an appearance at the Fair Vote Guelph holiday reception at the eBar from 5 to 7 pm this coming Tuesday. Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner, and Longfield’s predecessor Frank Valeriote will also be in attendance.

If you would rather wait till after the new year to get back in a political frame of mind, you can attend a free skate hosted by Longfield at the West End Rec Centre from 2 to 3:15 pm on Sunday January 12. If skating isn’t your jam, you can always come for the socializing afterward from 3 to 4 pm in the Lions Lair Community room, which is right across the hall from the arena at the West End Rec Centre.

Finally…

Check your mailboxes for Longfield’s 2020 calendar. This year’s theme is nature:

Photo Credit: Longfield’s Twitter page, where the MP had a meeting earlier this week with the head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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