LISA THOMPSON APPOINTED NEW ONTARIO AG MINISTER
isa Thompson, member of provincial parliament (MPP) for Huron-Bruce, has been sworn in as Ontario’s new Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in June, replacing former agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman. “I am humbled to be given this new post, and I pledge to Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities that I will work hard on their behalf,” Thompson says, who has been an MPP since 2011. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has worked closely with Thompson over the last year while she served in her previous role as Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “Thompson has a valuable understanding of farm and rural issues and has a direct connection to those communities,” says Peggy Brekveld, OFA’s president. “We look forward to working alongside her to grow the industry and continue to focus on the priorities and opportunities that will stimulate economic growth for all Ontarians.” OFA and Thompson acknowledged the hard work Hardeman has put in as Minister of Ag-
riculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Thompson is looking forward to working with farmers, commodity organizations, processing sector and rural communities.
“I am humbled to be given this new post, and I pledge to Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities that I will work hard on their behalf.” — Lisa Thompson Other notable changes to the cabinet include: • Dave Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, appointed as Minister of Environment; • Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, appointed as Minister of Northern Development, Mining, Natural Resources and Forestry, as well as Indigenous Affairs; • Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, appointed as Minister of Infrastructure.
LISA THOMPSON, member of provincial parliament (MPP) for Huron-Bruce, replaces Ernie Hardeman as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
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