Minister of Agriculture (Canada)

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Minister of Agriculture
Gerry Ritz 2013-04-09.jpg
Incumbent
Gerry Ritz

since 14 August 2007
Department of Agriculture
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Ralph Goodale
Formation 12 January 1995
Website www.agr.gc.ca
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The Minister of Agriculture (French: Ministre de l’Agriculture) is a Minister of the Crown in the Cabinet of Canada, who is responsible for overseeing several organizations including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Dairy Commission, Farm Credit Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, National Farm Products Council and the Canadian Grain Commission. The current Minister of Agriculture is Gerry Ritz.

Since 1995, the post has been more formally termed the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (French: Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Agroalimentaire).

Ministers of Agriculture[edit]

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Minister of Agriculture[edit]

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Jean-Charles Chapais.jpg Jean-Charles Chapais July 1, 1867 November 15, 1869 Conservative (historical) 1 (Macdonald)
2 ChristopherDunkin23.jpg Christopher Dunkin November 16, 1869 October 24, 1871 Conservative (historical)
3 John Henry Pope.jpg John Henry Pope
(1st time)
October 25, 1871 November 5, 1873 Liberal-Conservative
4 Luc Letellier de Saint-Just.jpg Luc Letellier de St-Just November 7, 1873 December 14, 1876 Liberal 2 (Mackenzie)
Isaac Burpee.jpg Isaac Burpee
(Acting)
December 15, 1876 January 25, 1877 Liberal
5 Charles Alphonse Pantaléon Pelletier.jpg Charles Alphonse Pantaléon Pelletier January 25, 1877 October 8, 1878 Liberal
(3) John Henry Pope.jpg John Henry Pope
(2nd time)
October 17, 1878 September 25, 1885 Liberal-Conservative 3 (Macdonald)
6 JohnCarling23.jpg John Carling September 25, 1885 June 6, 1891 Conservative (historical)
June 16, 1891 November 24, 1892 4 (Abbott)
7 Auguste-Réal Angers.jpg Auguste-Réal Angers December 7, 1892 December 12, 1894 Conservative (historical) 5 (Thompson)
December 21, 1894 July 12, 1895 6 (Bowell)
8 No image.svg Joseph-Aldric Ouimet
(Acting)
July 13, 1895 December 20, 1895 Liberal-Conservative
9 Walter Humphries Montague.jpg Walter Humphries Montague
(1st time)
December 21, 1895 January 5, 1896 Conservative (historical)
Donald Ferguson.jpg Donald Ferguson
(Acting)
January 6, 1896 January 4, 1896 Conservative (historical)
(9) Walter Humphries Montague.jpg Walter Humphries Montague
(2nd time)
January 15, 1896 April 27, 1896 Conservative (historical)
May 1, 1896 July 8, 1896 7 (Tupper)
10 Sydney Arthur Fisher.jpg Sydney Arthur Fisher July 13, 1896 October 6, 1911 Liberal 8 (Laurier)
11 Martin Burrell.jpg Martin Burrell October 16, 1911 October 12, 1917 Conservative (historical) 9 (Borden)
12 CRERAR.jpg Thomas Crerar
(1st time)
October 12, 1917 June 11, 1919 Unionist 10 (Borden)
James A Calder.jpg James Alexander Calder
(Acting)
June 18, 1919 August 11, 1919 Unionist
13 Simon Fraser Tolmie.png Simon Fraser Tolmie
(1st time)
August 12, 1919 July 10, 1920 Conservative (historical)
July 10, 1920 December 29, 1921 11 (Meighen)
14 Motherwell 4408105215 de91213a94 o.jpg William Richard Motherwell
(1st time)
December 29, 1921 June 28, 1926 Liberal 12 (King)
Henry Herbert Stevens.jpg Henry Herbert Stevens
(Acting)
June 29, 1926 July 12, 1926 Conservative (historical) 13 (Meighen)
(13) Simon Fraser Tolmie.png Simon Fraser Tolmie
(2nd time)
July 13, 1926 September 25, 1926 Conservative (historical)
(14) Motherwell 4408105215 de91213a94 o.jpg William Richard Motherwell
(2nd time)
September 25, 1926 August 7, 1930 Liberal 14 (King)
15 Robert Weir.jpg Robert Weir August 8, 1930 October 23, 1935 Conservative (historical) 15 (Bennett)
CRERAR.jpg Thomas Crerar
(2nd time; Acting)
October 25, 1935 November 3, 1935 Liberal 16 (King)
16 James Garfield Gardiner.jpg James Garfield Gardiner November 4, 1935 November 15, 1948 Liberal
November 15, 1948 June 21, 1957 17 (St. Laurent)
17 No image.svg Douglas Harkness June 21, 1957
(Acting until Aug.7)
October 10, 1960 Progressive Conservative 18 (Diefenbaker)
18 Alvin Hamilton.jpg Alvin Hamilton October 11, 1960 April 22, 1963 Progressive Conservative
19 No image.svg Harry Hays April 22, 1963 December 17, 1965 Liberal 19 (Pearson)
20 Joe Greene 1968.jpg John James Greene December 18, 1965 April 20, 1968 Liberal
April 20, 1968 July 5, 1968 20 (Trudeau)
21 No image.svg Bud Olson July 6, 1968 November 26, 1972 Liberal
22 No image.svg Eugene Whelan
(1st time)
November 27, 1972 June 3, 1979 Liberal
23 No image.svg John Wise
(1st time)
June 4, 1979 March 2, 1980 Progressive Conservative 21 (Clark)
(22) No image.svg Eugene Whelan
(2nd time)
March 3, 1980 June 29, 1984 Liberal 22 (Trudeau)
24 No image.svg Ralph Ferguson June 30, 1984 September 16, 1984 Liberal 23 (Turner)
(23) No image.svg John Wise
(2nd time)
September 17, 1984 September 14, 1988 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
25 No image.svg Don Mazankowski September 15, 1988 April 20, 1991 Progressive Conservative
26 No image.svg Bill McKnight April 21, 1991 January 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative
27 No image.svg Charles Mayer January 4, 1993 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
June 24, 1993 November 3, 1993 25 (Campbell)
28 Ralph Goodale free alternative.jpg Ralph Goodale November 4, 1993 January 11, 1995 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food[edit]

28 Ralph Goodale free alternative.jpg Ralph Goodale January 12, 1995 June 10, 1997 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
29 No image.svg Lyle Vanclief June 11, 1997 December 11, 2003 Liberal
30 No image.svg Bob Speller December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
31 No image.svg Andy Mitchell July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
32 Chuck Strahl 2014.jpg Chuck Strahl February 6, 2006 August 14, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper)
33 Gerry Ritz 2013-04-09.jpg Gerry Ritz August 14, 2007 Incumbent Conservative

The portfolio was renamed from "Agriculture" to "Agriculture and Agri-Food" in 1995.

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