LETHBRIDGE: It's been announced what has lured long-time Southern Alberta farmer and
former M-P Ted Menzies away from government.
Menzies has been named the new president and CEO of CropLife Canada,
effective January first of next year. he will work out of the company's
head office in Ottawa and replaces the retiring Lorne Hepworth.
First elected to represent the Macleod Constituency in 2004, the 61-year old
Menzies won re-election three times. However, he had stated early this year that
he would not seek re-election in the next federal election. Then last Wednesday
(No. 6th), he announced his resignation from Parliament, to take advantage
of a different career offer. A by-election to fill his post is expected within the next 6 months.
Over the years, Menzies has served in a number of key positions, including
Official Opposition Critic and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
International Trade and Cooperation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Finance, and most recently as Minister of State (Finance).
Before entering the political field, Menzies was involved in several farm
organizations, including the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, Grain Growers of
Canada and Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. He owned and operated a
5,000-acre farm from 1974-2003 where he produced grain, oilseeds, pulses and
spices. Much of his land is now rented out.
In a released statement, Menzies noted, "As a farmer, I have always been
interested in how technology can improve operations. I saw firsthand the role
that pesticides and plant biotechnology play in increasing yields and helping
improve the farm environment. I know how important these technologies are for
farmers and that's a very big part of why I am so excited about this next phase
in my career."
CropLife Canada represents companies that develop, manufacture and distribute
pest control products and plant biotechnology. More information on the company
can be found here: www.croplife.ca.