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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.

 



Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 4/16/2014 7:56:17 AM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News
 
 
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