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Alberta ag minister Carlier downed in UCP win

Alberta’s incumbent agriculture minister was among the casualties as Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party defeated Rachel Notley’s New Democrats in Tuesday night’s provincial election. Oneil Carlier, the provincial NDP government’s minister of agriculture and forestry since May 2015 and deputy government house leader since February 2016, was unseated in his riding of Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland […] Read more

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Ex-Wildrose ag critic to handle file for merged Tories

Alberta’s new provincial opposition United Conservatives have gone to the former Wildrose bench for their first agriculture critic. Jason Kenney, the former federal Conservative cabinet minister who was elected Saturday as the United Conservative Party’s first leader, on Tuesday named Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman as the opposition critic for agriculture, facing the New Democrats’ Agriculture […] Read more


Alberta agriculture politicians

Alberta’s top agriculture politicians pledge to work together

Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier says he and Wildrose critic 
Rick Strankman ‘both have the same goal in mind’

Reading Time: 3 minutes The NDP’s majority win was a big surprise, and now Alberta’s new ag minister and his chief critic have another one — they want to work together. Oneil Carlier, a rookie politician now in charge of both agriculture and forestry, and Wildrose ag critic, Rick Strankman both told Alberta Farmer they’d rather work together than […] Read more

Who are Oneil Carlier and Rick Strankman?

Reading Time: 2 minutes They come from opposite ends of the political spectrum, but Oneil Carlier and Rick Strankman share some common ground. For starters, both know farming in dry country. Strankman’s operation is near Altario (roughly halfway between Medicine Hat and Lloydminster) while Carlier grew up on a cattle and grain operation in Val Marie, Sask., 120 kilometres […] Read more


Oneil Carlier, shown here in an NDP video posted May 5 on YouTube, is Alberta’s new minister for agriculture, forestry and rural development. (YouTube.com)

Alberta NDP taps ex-AAFC staffer as ag minister

A former technician with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been named as the Alberta New Democrats’ first minister of agriculture, forestry and rural development. Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday named Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA Oneil Carlier to the now-expanded portfolio, which takes over responsibility for forestry from the department of environment and sustainable resource development. Including Notley […] Read more