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Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal Mandate Letter

August 31, 2016

Dr. Donald Buckingham
Chairperson, Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal
Birch Drive, Building 60, Floor 2, Room 202
960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0C6

Dear Dr. Buckingham:

The Government of Canada has made broad commitments to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, greater social inclusion, an open and transparent government, and a safer Canada. As Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, I am accountable for delivering on these commitments along with the sector-specific priorities identified in my mandate letter from the Prime Minister.

The Government has placed a strong emphasis on delivering results. The Prime Minister and the President of the Treasury Board are working to develop new, more effective reporting processes that will allow Canadians to more easily follow the Government’s progress toward delivering on its priorities.

The Government is committed to pursuing its goals with a renewed sense of collaboration with a focus on improving partnerships with provincial and territorial governments and Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The Government has set a higher bar for openness and transparency within government. We are also expected to support the Government’s implementation of its new selection process for Governor in Council and ministerial appointments, identifying high-quality candidates through an open, transparent, and merit-based process that will help achieve gender parity and truly reflect Canada’s diversity.

The Prime Minister’s Open and Accountable Government identifies mandate letters from the Minister to portfolio organizations as a best practice for ensuring the integrity and coherence of government activities in an integrated way that best supports the Portfolio and the sector.

As Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, my overarching goal is to support the agriculture sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation. My mandate letter sets out sector-specific priorities that include helping the sector get products to markets, research and innovation, food safety, and export support.

As Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada works to advance these priorities, the Deputy Minister and I will engage the portfolio organizations on the priorities that fall within their respective mandates. This letter is intended to serve as the basis of an ongoing dialogue between me and your organization as part of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Portfolio.

There is important work to be done within the agriculture sector, and I ask that the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal continue to support the Deputy Minister in her role as my principal source of public service support and policy advice for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Portfolio. The Deputy Minister is responsible for ensuring that the Portfolio functions in a coordinated and coherent manner while respecting the separate accountability relationships and mandates of each portfolio partner. It is my expectation that the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, the Deputy Minister, and the Department will be in regular communication so that all parties have the information they need to support the sector in a timely and responsible manner that is consistent with the overall direction and priorities of the Government.

Consistent with its mandate as an independent, quasi-judicial body that is responsible to Parliament through me in my role as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, I ask that the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal deliver on the following priorities while continuing to respect its arm’s-length relationship with the Department:

I expect the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal’s work and conduct to reflect the Government’s commitment to an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards, and applies the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds.

The Government has placed a strong emphasis on achieving results, and I know that I can count on the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal to fulfill these commitments and priorities over the course of the Government’s four-year mandate. I recognize that other issues will arise and trust that you will engage constructively and add priorities to this agenda as appropriate.

I look forward to working together to help make Canada’s agriculture sector safer, stronger, and more innovative.


Original signed by
Lawrence MacAulay, PC, MP

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