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Alberta ag minister named acting justice minister

Alberta’s agriculture minister is now also its justice minister. Premier Jim Prentice on Saturday appointed Verlyn Olson, MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose since 2008 and the province’s ag and rural development minister since 2012, as both acting justice minister and solicitor general. Prentice said his move follows having “asked for and received the resignation” of Calgary-Acadia MLA […] Read more

Verlyn Olson, shown here in Edmonton in 2011, is expected to be off duty as Alberta’s ag minister for several weeks while recovering from transplant surgery. (

Alberta ag minister books off after surgery

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has named an associate agriculture and rural development minister to handle the portfolio while provincial Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson takes sick leave. Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Everett McDonald, a farmer and former reeve for the County of Grande Prairie, was appointed Tuesday to the associate minister’s post. Olson, the ag minister since […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson

Budget squeeze leads to cancellation of new ag research fund

The $200-million Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment would 
have generated $9 million annually for made-in-Alberta research

Reading Time: 3 minutes The provincial government has scrapped a $200-million endowment that was to fund innovative agriculture research. When the Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment account was announced in March, it was praised by Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. “Innovation and diversification in all of our sectors are key to Alberta’s long-term success,” said Olson. “The Agriculture and Food […] Read more