Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (Manitoba)

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The Minister of Agriculture is a cabinet minister in the province of Manitoba, Canada. The minister oversees Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, a department is often referred to as MAFRI. MAFRI was created on November 4, 2003 when the department of Agriculture and Food was merged with Rural Initiatives and Cooperative Development (both from the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs).

Prior to 1999, the minister was styled as the Minister of Agriculture. During the early 21st century executive responsibilities for Agriculture and Immigration were merged into one portfolio. On May 3, 2016 the Pallister government renamed the cabinet position as the "Minister of Agriculture".

The current Minister of Agriculture is Ralph Eichler of the Progressive Conservatives.

Ministers of Agriculture in Manitoba[edit]

Note: This list has some omissions.

  Name Party Took Office Left Office
     Thomas Howard
January 13, 1871 January 23, 1871
     Alfred Boyd
January 23, 1871 December 14, 1871
     John Norquay
December 14, 1871 July 8, 1874
     Edward Hay
Liberal July 8, 1874 December 2, 1874
     James McKay
December 16, 1875 October 16, 1878
     Pierre Delorme
Conservative January 14, 1979 June 4, 1879
     Maxime Goulet
Conservative January 7, 1880 November 16, 1881
     Marc-Amable Girard
Conservative November 16, 1881 January 1883
     Alphonse La Riviere
Conservative September 6, 1883 August 27, 1886
     David Howard Harrison
Conservative August 27, 1886 December 24, 1887
  Thomas Greenway
Liberal January 19, 1888 January 6, 1990
     John Andrew Davidson
Conservative January 10, 1900 December 22, 1900
     Rodmond Roblin
Conservative December 22, 1900 October 11, 1911
     George Lawrence
Conservative October 11, 1911 May 2, 1915
  Valentine Winkler
Liberal May 15, 1915 June 7, 1920
  George Malcolm
Liberal September 30, 1920 June 6, 1922
  John Williams
Liberal June 6, 1922 August 8, 1922
  Neil Cameron
Progressive August 8, 1922 December 3, 1923
  John Bracken
Progressive December 3, 1923 January 12, 1925
  Albert Prefontaine
Progressive January 12, 1925 May 29, 1932
  Donald Gordon McKenzie
Liberal-Progressive May 27, 1932 April 28, 1936
  John Bracken
Liberal-Progressive April 28, 1936 September 21, 1936
  Francis Bell
Liberal-Progressive December 21, 1936 December 14, 1948
  Douglas Campbell
Liberal-Progressive December 14, 1948 November 7, 1952
  Ronald Robertson
Liberal-Progressive November 7, 1952 July 6, 1956
  Charles Shuttleworth
Liberal-Progressive July 6, 1956 June 30, 1958
  Errick Willis
Progressive Conservative June 30, 1958 August 7, 1959
  George Hutton
Progressive Conservative August 7, 1959 June 30, 1966
  Harry Enns
Progressive Conservative July 30, 1966 September 24, 1968
  James Douglas Watt
Progressive Conservative September 24, 1968 July 15, 1969
  Sam Uskiw
New Democratic Party July 15, 1969 October 24, 1977
  James Downey
Progressive Conservative October 24, 1977 November 30, 1981
  Bill Uruski
New Democratic Party November 30, 1981 September 21, 1987
  Leonard Harapiak
New Democratic Party September 21, 1987 May 9, 1988
  Glen Findlay
Progressive Conservative May 9, 1988 September 10, 1993
  Harry Enns
Progressive Conservative September 10, 1993 October 5, 1999
  Rosann Wowchuk
New Democratic Party October 5, 1999 November 3, 2009
  Stan Struthers
New Democratic Party November 3, 2009 January 13, 2012
  Ron Kostyshyn
New Democratic Party January 13, 2012 May 3, 2016
  Ralph Eichler
Progressive Conservative May 3, 2016 Present

Sources: [1], [2]

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