Béchard praised for his support of Quebec ag

Fruit & Vegetable
September 08, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable
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.”

“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.”

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