Winnipeg, MB – With today’s announcement of the Government of Canada’s changes to cabinet, Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) welcomes the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay’s appointment as Canada’s new Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food.
“On behalf of all Manitoba farmers, I want to welcome Minister MacAulay back to his role as Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food that he previously held from 2015-2019,” said KAP President, Jill Verwey.
Verwey also thanked former Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau for her service to the agriculture sector and for working with producers in her time serving as Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food.
“We thank Minister Bibeau for the work she undertook as Minister,” said Verwey. “We appreciate the willingness demonstrated by Minister Bibeau to work collaboratively with producers and for championing the principles outlined in the Guelph Statement, which resulted in increases to funding for producers through the recently negotiated Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”
MacAulay’s previous experience in this role will provide a unique opportunity to engage with a new Minister who already has an understanding of some of the key issues facing the agriculture sector.
“We know that Minister MacAulay has a strong interest in agriculture and the work of our sector,” said KAP General Manager, Brenna Mahoney. “Agriculture has the solutions to many of the challenges we face, and KAP is ready to work alongside the Minister and his team to ensure the priorities of our sector are aligned with what the Minister will be putting forward as his own.”
Having producers engaged directly with the Minister and his team will be critical in the development of any policies, regulations, goals, strategies, and other initiatives that will impact the sector.
“KAP has long advocated to all levels of government to ensure farmers have a seat at the table in the development of any initiatives that impact their ability to operate their business and drive Canada’s economy. We look forward to Minister MacAulay taking this approach in his new role and welcome engaging with him in the near future,” concluded Verwey and Mahoney.
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