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P.E.I. politician wins big vegetable award

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter took part in an announcement Aug. 20 in Cavendish, P.E.I., announcing additional benefits and supports for seasonal workers.
Malpeque MP Wayne Easter in an August 2018 photo. - Terrence McEachern

MP Wayne Easter named 2019 Produce Champion by Canadian Produce Marketing Association


An Island member of parliament was recognized for his support of the Canadian agriculture industry recently.

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) was proud to honour MP Wayne Easter as the 2019 Produce Champion. 

CPMA’s annual produce champion award is given to one or more member of parliament and/or senator who have been supportive of the produce industry and effective at bringing industry issues to the forefront on Parliament Hill.

Easter received the award at a celebration hosted by CPMA in his home riding of Malpeque, P.E.I. The event featured live culinary demonstrations by CPMA Half Your Plate Ambassador Chef Michael Smith.

“MP Wayne Easter has shown a passion for a safe and thriving produce industry in Canada which aligns clearly with our vision,” said CPMA President Ron Lemaire. “He has demonstrated exemplary leadership as a member of parliament and chair of the house standing committee on finance, benefiting our sector and the lives of all Canadians.”

The produce champion award was inaugurated in 2018 when it was awarded to MPs Pat Finnigan, Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Bev Shipley.

CPMA congratulates Easter and looks forward to continuing development of the produce industry.

“It is an honour and privilege having been chosen as the produce champion this year by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Having farmed and serving farmers in various capacities in the farm movement, I can attest that - from coast to coast - Canadian farmers and producers grow the best quality fruits and vegetables in the world that we get to enjoy,” said Easter. 

“Our agricultural sector consistently meets the highest standards anywhere, ensuring we have nutritious food in abundance, and we have the CPMA to make sure it gets from the farm gate to the dinner plate in an efficient and effective manner. Thank you for this award and the opportunity to highlight the work of our producers in Canada.”

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