Lawrence MacAulay is the new Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The MP for Cardigan, PEI, was appointed to the post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and was officially sworn in on Nov. 4.
Mr. MacAulay was first elected to the House of Commons on Nov. 21, 1988, and won his ninth consecutive election in October 2015.
His previous Cabinet appointments have included Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans), and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency).
He has served as Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and Seniors. In addition, he was Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
Mr. MacAulay was previously a farmer and businessman. He and Frances Elaine O’Connell were married in 1972. They have three daughters: Carolyn, Rita and Lynn.
The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is responsible for the following organizations:
Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal
Canadian Dairy Commission
Canadian Grain Commission
Farm Credit Canada
Farm Products Council of Canada