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September 8, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable

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September 8, 2010,
Ottawa, Ont – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Minister of State (Agriculture), Jean-Pierre Blackburn issued the following
statement on the death of Claude Béchard, the minister responsible for Canadian
Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Minister of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the
Bas-Saint-Laurent region.



September 8, 2010,
Ottawa, Ont – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Minister of State (Agriculture), Jean-Pierre Blackburn issued the following
statement on the death of Claude Béchard, the minister responsible for Canadian
Intergovernmental Affairs and the Canadian Francophonie, Minister of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the
Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

“I was deeply saddened
to hear of the passing of Minister Claude Béchard,” said Minister Gerry Ritz.
“As Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Béchard raised the opportunities and
potential of Quebec’s agricultural community. My deepest condolences to his
family.”

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“As the Agriculture
Minister, Claude Béchard carried out a mandate close to his heart, for which he
spared no effort. Mr. Béchard had a fierce commitment to and involvement with
Quebec’s agricultural community in recent years and his loss will be greatly
felt,” stated Minister Blackburn. “My deepest sympathies go out to his family
and friends.”