This Week in Lloyd: Trade, Town Hall and a New Caucus Gig

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.”

Lloyd Likes the USMCA!

Last Friday, Longfield got up in the House of Commons to talk about why he thinks supporting the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the replacement for the old NAFTA “It is a priority for the Government of Canada to ensure that all of Canada’s trade agreements not only advance our commercial interests, but also bring concrete benefits to all stakeholders,” he said. “By including environmental provisions with our free trade agreements, we support Canadian businesses and ensure that trading partners do not gain an unfair trading advantage by not enforcing their environmental laws.” Longfield went on talk about how the new trade deal will be a boon to the economy while also offering new environmental protections. The USMCA has been approved by the U.S. and Mexico governments, with only Canada left to ratify it. Watch the full speech below:

Lloyd Has Coronavirus Advice

On Thursday, a charted plane full of Canadians finally left Wuhen, China as the Coronavirus continues to be a public health emergency there, and in different places around the world. In a social media post, Longfield said that the government is collecting as much information as they can from health organizations, and sharing with those groups the concerns of constituents. “We will get through this together, there’s really no reason to panic,” Longfield said. “We’ve got doctors working on this, scientists working on this, and we are working globally to manage the risk as much as we can.” Longfield said that he’s been in touch with the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit to make sure they’ve got what they need in the event of the virus making it as far as Guelph’s city limits. As of Thursday night, there have been 31,481 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, and 638 deaths.

Another Three Amigos Summit

Longfield will he hosting another gathering between himself, MPP Mike Schreiner and Mayor Cam Guthrie on Thursday February 13 at the Harcourt United Church starting at 6:30 pm. They will again be discussing climate change, and the intricacies of collaboration, discussion, and sharing ideas on tackling the issue. There will also be an information fair where you can interact with local environmental groups. For tickets, you can get them by clicking here, and they are free of charge. (If you miss them in February, you will also be able to catch the Amigos in March at the Youth Climate Leadership Summit along with Michael Chong.)

Check out Lloyd’s New Gig

Longfield has been very active member of Parliamentary committees, and on a new one: the Health Research Caucus. What is that? Research Canada explains:

“Created in 2009 by Senator Wilbert Keon and Research Canada, the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus is a non-partisan, “owned by Parliamentarians” forum that engages all Parliamentarians in luncheon and reception events organized by Research Canada. Caucus events showcase Canadian health research and health innovation, raising awareness among elected officials about the social and economic benefits derived from the country’s health research enterprise.”

Can’t Miss Opportunities!

In an email blast to constituents, Longfield sent word of two potential opportunities to get involved. First, if you have an idea about a community-based environmental project, then Environment and Climate Change Canada might have some money for you. To get a list of the accepted criteria for eligible projects, click here. For the young people, the Minister of Agriculture has launched a call for applications for Canada’s first Agricultural Youth Council. You have to be between the ages of 18 to 30 in order to participate, but if you’re interested, you only have one week left to submit your application, which you can find by clicking here.

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