New B.C. premier appoints different ag minister

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The next meeting of federal and provincial agriculture ministers from across Canada will have a new longest-serving minister at the table.

Lana Popham was shuffled out of her agriculture post, as B.C.’s provincial cabinet under new premier David Eby was announced and sworn in on Wednesday.

Popham, who had served as B.C.’s ag minister since 2017 and as the NDP’s agriculture critic for eight years before that, remains in the provincial cabinet, as the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

Lana Popham at the 2022 Ag in Motion farm show in Saskatchewan.

Pam Alexis, the MLA for Abbotsford-Mission and a rookie to cabinet, was sworn in as B.C.’s new Minister of Agriculture and Food. Prior to being elected to the provincial assembly in 2020, Alexis was the mayor of Mission, B.C.

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