Can a Premier be an Effective Ag Minister?

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Premier-elect of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, has officially announced she’ll take on the ag portfolio in addition to her duties as premier when she is sworn in on February 11, 2013. As a very busy, multi-tasking woman myself, my hat goes off to her.

From Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne “Committed to serve as Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs to create a new, respectful conversation w/ rural Ontario #onpoli #ontag”

But here’s what I think โ€” the more you take on, the less total time you can devote to each task. As a mum of two kids, with a full time job, a husband who works long hours, travel for both said jobs, a few volunteer gigs, hobbies and a household to run, I barely have time to buy groceries, let alone cook. I know first-hand, the guilt over trying to squeeze quality time with my kids around making dinner, doing laundry and posting about agronomy. While everything seems to get done, and being motivated and productive is good, there is such thing as biting off more than you can chew. Which leads me to the question โ€” should a premier also take on a major portfolio? If so, is Ms. Wynne the best choice for ag minister? Have your say in our latest poll, or leave a comment below.

 

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