David Anderson Named Conservative Ag Critic

Southwest Saskatchewan MP and farmer David Anderson has been tapped to look after the agriculture portfolio for the federal Conservatives.

He replaced Peace River MP Chris Warkentin as the Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture in the new shadow cabinet announced by leader Rona Ambrose on Thursday.

Anderson “has the energy and experience to ensure the concerns of Canadian producers are heard,” noted Ambrose.

First elected to parliament in 2000, Anderson has been involved in agriculture-related files for most of his time in Ottawa, including serving as critic and parliamentary secretary for the Canadian Wheat Board. He was also parliamentary secretary for agriculture

Quebec MP Jacques Gourde was named deputy critic for agriculture, while former ag minister Gerry Ritz retained his position as international trade critic. Warkentin was named deputy opposition house leader and question period coordinator.

David Anderson (front left, in yellow) with farmers at the Marketing Freedom Day celebration marking the end of the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk in 2012 (Facebook).
David Anderson (front left, in yellow) with farmers at the Marketing Freedom Day celebration marking the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk in 2012 (Facebook).

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