2017 Fall Parliamentary Session Reflection

December 20, 2017

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It's been great to be back in Guelph and to share in the holiday cheer with friends and family. I've been doing some reflecting on the work from this past session and, wow, it sure has been a lot.

This fall we expanded the Canada Child Benefit and the Working Income Benefit, unveiled Canada's first National Housing Strategy, made historic investments in infrastructure and green technologies, and reached the lowest unemployment figures in over a decade with nearly 600,000 jobs, mostly full time, created since forming government. I am proud of the work done as I know it is making a direct positive impact on the lives of Canadians. However, much more work still lies ahead of us and I look forward to it.

In my committee work I have been thrilled to see Guelph's best and brightest come to Ottawa to be witnesses for our studies. The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology released two studies this session:

1) Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer: Promoting Best Practice
http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentView…/…/42-1/INDU/report-8/

2) Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Clarifications Are in Order
http://www.ourcommons.ca/…/421_INDU_Rp…/421_INDU_Rpt10-e.pdf

While the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food released a report on a Food Policy for Canada, another first our government is pursuing: http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentVie…/…/42-1/AGRI/report-10/

I look forward to the government's responses to these studies and I know they will guide future policies and legislation. As we enter the next session the Industry Committee will be reviewing the Copyright Act and the Agriculture Committee will be studying soil and water health. I'm sure Guelphites will provide important insights to these studies.

This fall I was honoured to rise in the House of Commons on multiple occasions to speak on various pieces of legislation. As always it was easy to highlight in these speeches how the Royal City leads in many vital policy areas from environmentalism, to science research, to innovative economic development, to poverty reduction. If you would like to view my speeches and statements in the House of Commons from this past session please visit my website: www.mplongfield.ca.

I am so happy to be in Guelph for the Christmas recess and sincerely look forward to connecting with as many community members as I can over the coming weeks. As always if you have ideas, concerns, or questions to share with me please do contact me at Lloyd.Longfield@parl.gc.ca or 519-837-8276. I am privileged to serve such an amazing community and very much look forward to the hard work ahead.

A safe and happy holidays to all of Guelph!