Change in command at Ag Canada

Agriculture Canada will be getting a new deputy minister in September when 28-year veteran Suzanne Vinet takes over from John Knubley.

Vinet, currently president of the Economic Development Agency of Canada, started at Ag Canada in 1984 and worked her way up to assistant deputy minister for trade policy before leaving in 2007 for senior posts at Health and Transport Canada.

Her trade background should also help with the details of the negotiations with Europe, the Trans-Pacific Pact, Japan and India.

Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, said he hadn’t worked with Vinet but “will be looking forward to sitting down with her and running through some of our priority issues.” Vinet’s background in agriculture and food trade made her an interesting choice for deputy minister of agriculture, he said.

“This could reflect government priorities on this file,” said Bonnett.

Knubley, generally credited with being the architect of the government’s move to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly, will take the top bureaucratic post at Industry Canada.

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