What Makes a Great Provincial Agriculture Minister?

The role of a provincial agriculture minister is complicated. On one hand, they’re supposed to be loyal to their party and leader and on the other, there’s an expectation that they stand up for farmers and the agriculture sector.

Ag ministers from across Canada at their annual meeting in Charlottetown in July.
Ag ministers from across Canada at their annual meeting in Charlottetown in July.

It’s easy to point a finger at the flaws and mistakes of a provincial agriculture minister, but what if we flip our critical view and focus on what makes a strong ag minister? What do you want to see from the person in charge of the provincial ag portfolio?

In this RealAg Roundtable, Shaun, Debra and Kelvin discuss expectations of provincial ag ministers — is it important that they have a farm background? How important is their communication style?

What do you think? What makes a great ag minister? Which trait is most important?

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