Longfield Says Government is Ready to Move Forward After Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Federal government can impose a price on carbon. The 6-3 decision was released on Thursday morning, and effectively ends a joint appeal by the Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan governments of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, aka: the Carbon Tax. Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield hopes this means the whole country can now move forward on climate action. Continue reading “Longfield Says Government is Ready to Move Forward After Supreme Court Decision”

Federal Minister Hears Concerns from Local Seniors

Times have been tough for seniors over the last year. COVID-19 has hit them especially hard, and even now with the vaccine rollout and some signs of recovery, the burden of this pandemic is still disproportionately falling on them. Seniors have a lot of concerns, so who better to hear them than Canada’s Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte, who took part in a virtual roundtable discussion with Guelph seniors’ groups Wednesday. Continue reading “Federal Minister Hears Concerns from Local Seniors”

Bill Blair Talks to Local Leaders About Gun Law Impact

In the midst of dealing with all things COVID, the Federal government is also in the process of working on new gun control legislation that they hope will have an impact on the various crimes involving firearms. There has been some criticism of Bill C-21 and whether it can actually have an effect on crimes where guns are used, but Public Safety Minister Bill Blair took part in meetings with area groups Thursday to try and make the point. Continue reading “Bill Blair Talks to Local Leaders About Gun Law Impact”

Longfield Announces $76,000 in New Funding for Black Heritage Society

The weekend marks the end of February, which also means the end of Black Heritage Month. Marking the occasion, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield announced two new grants for the Guelph Black Heritage Society, money that will help GBHS improve their Heritage Hall headquarters on Essex Street, and other funds that will help the group expand their virtual programming. Continue reading “Longfield Announces $76,000 in New Funding for Black Heritage Society”

Federal Government Announces New Permanent Funding for Transit… in 2026

People aren’t using public transit the way they once did thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Federal government isn’t planning for transit this year, but transit in the years to come. An announcement this morning with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna promised $14.9 billion in new transit funding for the next eight years, but we’re not going see most of that till 2026. Continue reading “Federal Government Announces New Permanent Funding for Transit… in 2026”

Economic Development Minister Meets with Guelph Businesses

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are struggling because of the pandemic, and doubly so now that it’s clear that were into a second wave of COVID-19. Small businesses especially need the extra help, and there are a number of government programs designed to give them a hand. Recently, Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield hosted a virtual gathering of Guelph business people with the government minister responsible for assisting them in this time of need. Continue reading “Economic Development Minister Meets with Guelph Businesses”

Four Guelph Groups Get Federal Funds for Food Security

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about food insecurity, and how the pandemic has impacted how people can get safe, nutritious and affordable food. To that end, a virtual announcement this morning put the spotlight on four Guelph organizations receiving a combined $60,334 from the Federal government to purchase new equipment for the preparation, refrigeration and storage of food. Continue reading “Four Guelph Groups Get Federal Funds for Food Security”

Trudeau Cabinet Favours Many Old Faces in New Roles

Almost a month after winning the 43rd Federal Election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his new cabinet that will lead the minority Liberals into a fractured and cantankerous Parliament. If you don’t like learning new faces, the good news is that most of the cabinet are transfers from last term, though some of them have new jobs now. Continue reading “Trudeau Cabinet Favours Many Old Faces in New Roles”

Feds Announced More Money to Battle Opioid Crisis

On Thursday, Guelph Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield met with some of the people on the frontline of Guelph’s drug strategy, while highlighting millions in new funding to help combat the ongoing opioid crisis in Guelph and other Canadian communities. At the same time, Guelph Police are warning the public of a new drug treat tied to three overdoses. Continue reading “Feds Announced More Money to Battle Opioid Crisis”

Federal Government Announces Pilot Program for Farm Workers

Farms across Canada have a labour shortage, and the Federal government announced today that they’re starting to a new pilot program to help them out on that end. It’s a three-year economic immigration pilot that will try and fill labour shortages in the agri-food sector with a special emphasis on meat processing and mushroom production. Continue reading “Federal Government Announces Pilot Program for Farm Workers”