MLA Devin Dreeshen Named Alberta's Minister of Agriculture & Forestry

It has been an eventful past 12 months for the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. Devin Dreeshen was tabbed as the United Conservative Party candidate for his constituency in May of 2018. Dreeshen became the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA by winning a by-election last July and then he was re-elected during the 2019 Alberta general election. On Tuesday, April 30th he was sworn-in as the province's new Minister of Agriculture & Forestry.

Devin Dreeshen was introduced as Alberta's new Minister of Agriculture & Forestry when the new United Conservative Party government was sworn-in on Tuesday, April 30th.
The Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA was humbled and honoured to receive the important porfolio from Premier Jason Kenney.
Dreeshen referred to the first day at government house in Edmonton as surreal.
He admits the past year has been quite an amazing political journey for him.
As a farmer and someone who worked for former Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for 8 years, Dreeshen hopes to put all of that experience to good use for the province's ag & forestry sectors.
Dreeshen begins his new role as the province's Ag Minister amid turmoil due to a dispute with China that has impacted both Canadian canola and pork producers.
He has already spoken to his fellow Ag Ministers from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario as they look for solutions to the impass with China.
Dreeshen says market access is a hot topic for both agriculture & forestry products from Alberta.
He adds, the UCP government has also made a commitment to repeal and replace Bill-6 and ideally that will happen this year. Consultations with farmers should be taking place soon, according to Dreeshen.
With his own cabinet post, plus Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon as the new Minister of Environment & Parks as well as Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper vying for the role of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly when that vote is held on May 21st - Dreeshen says it is an exciting time for Central Alberta.
Dreeshen was asked what will be different now that the local MLAs are part of a majority government rather than being the official opposition?
He notes that Albertans expect the United Conservative Party to deliver on its campaign promises and commitments. Dreeshen adds, it is up to them as a majority government to live up to those expectations.

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