Dairy farmer is new PEI ag minister

Prince Edward Island’s Conservative minority government swore in a new cabinet on May 9, confirming dairy farmer Bloyce Thompson as the new agriculture and land minister. He toppled the previous premier Wade MacLauchlan in the riding of Stanhope-Marshfield, not far from the city of Charlottetown. 

 

“I’ll get a lot done before breakfast,” Thompson quipped, sharing his delight at winning the agriculture minister’s role. 

 

He has 2,089 followers on his Twitter account with the description: “family, farming, community, marketing and co-breeder of the million-dollar cow Missy.” He is a former board member of the Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island.

 

He’s already sparked national coverage with Maclean’s Magazine publishing an article titled: How dairy farmer Bloyce Thompson became the real star of PEI’s election.” Here’s the link: https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/bloyce-thompson-prince-edward-island/

 

Generational change is underway as he joins another young agriculture minister, 31-year-old Devin Dreeshen from Alberta. They are two new faces who will be attending the federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meeting held in mid-July in Quebec City. 

 

Publish date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019

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