Lawrence MacAulay to attend P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture meeting

Steve Sharratt
Published on January 18, 2016

Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau look on as Lawrence MacAulay is sworn in as the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food during ceremonies at Rideau Hall Wednesday in Ottawa.

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The federal Minister of Agriculture is finally coming to attend the annual meeting of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.

It's only taken 75 years, but that drought will be broken to the delight of the largest farm organization on the Island.

The federation will host its annual meeting on Jan. 29 in the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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Highlights of the day, other than guest speaker MP Lawrence MacAulay, will also be a presentation on the controversial issue of municipal amalgamation and focus on the Water Act.

“While we certainly appreciate that both ministers of agriculture are able to make it, I believe it is a first for the federation in its 75-year history to have the federal minister of Agriculture in attendance,” said PEIFA manager Robert Godfrey. “Both he and (provincial) Minister Alan McIsaac will provide for a very interesting luncheon and we hope as many people as possible are able to make it out to hear their thoughts.”

Godfrey said the federation is delighted to mark such an anniversary and noted it is a tremendous feat for any organization.

“We have weathered a world war, the green revolution, the advent of the computer and the Internet, plant diseases such as PVYN and potato wart, mad cow disease and others.”

Godfrey said the organization has worked with 14 provincial premiers and 13 prime ministers and respective governments.

“We are marking this milestone at our excellence in agriculture banquet that evening where we will be showcasing a short video that features interviews with many of our members celebrating our 75-year history.”