Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, hosted his first Town Hall meeting in Shelburne at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex on January 23, 2020.
"During last fall’s election, one of my campaign promises was to host Town Hall meetings throughout the riding on a regular basis,” said Mr. Seeback. “Following the election, I worked quickly to deliver on this promise by bringing the first meeting to Shelburne, to give my constituents in the northern part of my riding an opportunity to raise any issues of concern that I should be aware of as their Member of Parliament. I look forward to hosting the next Town Hall in Caledon, in March, to provide constituents in the southern part of my riding the same opportunity.”
The Town Hall was attended by both constituents and local community groups. The central theme of the meeting was agriculture which included discussions on many issues, including the impact of the ongoing US/China and Canada/China trade disputes on local producers in Dufferin-Caledon and the lack of support from the current federal government.
“The issue of limited market access for soybean and canola producers, as a result of unresolved trade disputes, is an issue which came up again and again during and following the election,” said Mr. Seeback. “The U.S. has provided a $28 billion market facilitation program to support American producers; however, the current Liberal government has failed to provide any comparable measures for Canadian producers, making it even harder for them to remain competitive. I raised this issue in the House of Commons before the Christmas holidays and yet, farmers in my riding are still waiting for action by this government. I will continue to demand results for Dufferin-Caledon producers, as I return to Ottawa next week when the winter session of Parliament begins.”