Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 07, 2010 23:17 ET

Minister Bechard Commended for his Work in Support of the Quebec Agriculture Sector

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn issued the following statement on the death of Claude Béchard, 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."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059
    or
    Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
    Celine Falardeau
    Senior Policy Advisor
    613-302-5511