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The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and a member of the Canadian Parliament for Battlefords—Lloydminster since 1997.
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ENG: Gerry Ritz, PC, MP (born August 19, 1951) is Canada's Agriculture minister and a Canadian Member of Parliament for Battlefords—Lloydminster, a largely rural riding in Saskatchewan. Born in Delisle, Saskatchewan, he was elected as the Reform Party candidate in the 1997 general election, and then re-elected with the Canadian Alliance in the 2000 election and the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2004 election. Ritz has been the vice-chair of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee since 2002. He was appointed Secretary of State for small business and tourism in the Harper government on January 4, 2007. On August 14, 2007, Ritz was promoted to the Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food replacing Chuck Strahl. Prior to his political career, Ritz worked as a ...
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Gerry Ritz Food Labels


The federal government’s decision to stop policing nutrition claims on food labels threatens Canadians’ health and leaves consumers with little recourse when food labels are wrong, the head of an agricultural union says. In the budget released Thursday, the Conservative government announced it would no longer verify nutrition claims on food labels, and will instead set up a website where consumers can take their concerns directly to food producers. “The Government will change how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors and enforces non-health and non-safety food ...


Ritz defends federal budget


Losing $310 million over the next three years, the federal agriculture department will have to do more with less, its minister said Friday in Regina. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the cuts revealed in Thursday’s federal budget are, “mostly backroom administrative savings”, adding his department “will be delivering the same programs to farmers, to food processors, through a more streamlined administrative process.” But a emailed note from his office later Friday morning said, “the majority of our savings will be through administrative initiatives. ...


Ritz Comments On Possible Trade Agreement


A completed free trade agreement with Japan has the potential to increase Canadian exports to the country by as much as two-thirds.Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made that comment yesterday while speaking with reporters regarding his agricultural trade mission to the country. Over the weekend it was announced negotiations have been launched to form an economic partnership agreement with Japan.Ritz said an agreement with Japan could provide tremendous opportunities for our ag sector, “Japan is already our agriculture industries second largest market. Importing most of their food needs, ...


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Industry Group Makes Recommendations to Advance Ag Sector Innovation
Today, the Agri-Innovators Committee’s final report was presented to federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Agricultural Ministers during their annual meeting. The report outlines recommendations to help the sector realize its full growth potent
Governments Boost Competitiveness in the Bioproducts Sector
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn, today announced a combined federal-provincial investment of over $1.9 million to the Composites Innovation Centre to support FibreCITY, North Amer
Mink Producers Granted More Time to Repay Cash Advances
Canada's mink producers facing financial challenges as they adjust to a dramatic shift in the world mink market have been granted more time to repay cash advances under the Advance Payments Program (APP). Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced a
Harper Government Invests in New Surveillance System to Document Canadian Honey Bee Health
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $1 million to the Beekeepers Commission of Alberta to initiate a four-year-nation-wide surveillance project to document the health profile of honey bee colonies in Canada.



 
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