Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 20, 2013 12:38 ET

Statement by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on the Death of Former Federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2013) - "On behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, I extend my sincere condolences on the passing of the Honourable Eugene Whelan P.C., O.C., CD, P.Ag.

A proud South-western Ontarian, Eugene was a strong voice for Canadian farmers for decades, serving in both municipal and federal politics. As Canada's agriculture minister and in his trademark green Stetson, Eugene was planted firmly on the side of farmers. His more than twelve years as Agriculture Minister serve as a clear testament to the passion and dedication he brought to the job every day.

I am privileged to continue Mr. Whelan's efforts in putting farmers first, because as Eugene would agree, a strong farm gate is the backbone of our economy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whelan family during this time."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Jeff English
    Press Secretary
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz