The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

Minister MacAulay

Riding: Cardigan (Prince Edward Island)

Lawrence MacAulay, Member of Parliament for Cardigan, was first elected to the House of Commons on November 21, 1988, to represent Cardigan in eastern Prince Edward Island, and won his ninth consecutive election in October 2015.

Mr. MacAulay’s Cabinet appointments have included Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans), and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). He has served as Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and Seniors. In addition, he was Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Mr. MacAulay was born on September 9, 1946, in St. Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Mr. MacAulay was previously a farmer and businessman. He and Frances Elaine O'Connell were married in 1972. They have three daughters: Carolyn, Rita and Lynn.

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is also responsible for the following organizations:

  • Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal
  • Canadian Dairy Commission
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Grain Commission
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Farm Products Council of Canada

While the Canadian Food Inspection Agency transitioned to the Health portfolio in October 2013 and reports to the Minister of Health, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food continues to be responsible for the Agency's non-food safety agricultural activities, including economic and trade issues as well as important animal health and plant protection work.

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