MLA gives hand in ag portfolio

EDMONTON — Everett McDonald, a northern Alberta MLA, has been appointed associate agriculture minister while agriculture minister Verlyn Olson recovers from diabetes treatment.

“Yesterday I underwent an islet cell transplant and am happy to report that I am doing well and resting,” Olson tweeted.

McDonald, a former reeve of Grande Prairie County, will take over Olson’s duties until he returns to work.

“I was asked to step forward and continue on with the good work he has been doing,” McDonald said.

“As he starts to come back, I will be there to support him in any way I can.”

McDonald comes from a century family farm.

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