Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson 'humbled' as ag. minister
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has been named the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, as part of Premier Doug Ford’s most recent cabinet shuffle.
This is the third cabinet position Thompson has held since the 2018 election. First she was named the Minister of Education before she was reassigned in 2019 to the position of Minister of Government and Consumer Services.
In an e-mail to the media, Thompson said she was proud and honoured to serve as the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
“I am humbled to be given this new post and I pledge to Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities that I will work hard on their behalf,” Thompson said. “I’d like to also applaud and acknowledge the great work done by Ernie Hardeman over the years as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.”
Thompson has represented Huron and Bruce Counties at Queen’s Park for 10 years, having first been elected in the 2011 election, ousting long-time incumbent Liberal Carol Mitchell. She was re-elected in 2014 and served in many critic positions over the course of those two terms while her party was the official opposition.
In 2018, after party leader Patrick Brown stepped down and was replaced by Vic Fedeli, Thompson served briefly as the party’s new caucus chair.
Prior to entering the world of provincial politics, Thompson, a native of the Wingham area, served as the general manager of the Ontario Dairy Goat Co-operative and as a rural community advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
In her statement, Thompson said she had been overwhelmed by positive comments and well wishes from throughout the province.
“I appreciate everyone’s kind words and congratulations. I am honoured to take on the responsibility of Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. I look forward to working side-by-side with Ontario’s farmers, commodity organizations, processing sector and our rural communities.”
Thompson could not be reached by The Citizen on Monday for an interview, but see future issues for an interview with the new Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.