Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen and Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Tanya Fir issued the following statements on softwood lumber.
Minister Dreeshen was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a by-election on July 12, 2018 as the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. He was re-elected on April 16, 2019.
Dreeshen is a fifth-generation local farm owner and Albertan. Farming near Pine Lake, he has a long record of community service. He is a former director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, a former board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society, and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.
Devin Dreeshen was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on April 30, 2019. He has a wealth of previous experience working on this file during his time in Ottawa where he was a policy advisor to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015, advocating for Canadian agriculture trade, improved rural infrastructure support, and leading the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. Dreeshen will apply this experience, as well has his own farming history to serve Alberta’s agricultural community and ensure that Alberta’s farmers continue to make a significant contribution to the provincial economy.
As Minister, Dreeshen hopes to continue this work, seeking to restore and improve market access for our forestry and agriculture products, and to attract investment in order to bring jobs back to Alberta.
Premier Kenney will meet with Prime Minister
Trudeau, and provincial cabinet ministers with
federal counterparts as they press for a fair deal for
Alberta within Canada.
Minister of Energy Sonya Savage and Minister of
Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen issued the
following statement calling for Prime Minister Trudeau to
immediately recall Parliament to urgently address the CN
The government is delivering on a campaign promise to increase mountain pine beetle funding to $30 million annually for the next four years.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the RCMP are looking for witnesses who may have seen an arsonist who started a wildfire northeast of Slave Lake in May.
The Public Lands Modernization (Grazing Lease and
Obsolete Provisions) Amendment Act, has been
introduced to ensure the sustainability of ranching
Alberta will act to protect hard-working farmers from aggressive, illegal protests.
Albertans embraced the opportunity to provide valuable in-person and online feedback on the repeal and replacement of the failed 2015 Bill 6.
An anticipated NAFTA panel ruling on the softwood
lumber dispute was issued on Sept. 4.