Ritz was first elected under the Reform party banner in 1997 and re-elected as a Canadian Alliance candidate in 2000 before winning the next five elections as a Conservative. As minister, he led numerous trade missions to open and expand international markets. He fought against the United States’ move to mandatory country-of-origin labelling for meat and, yes, he did end the CWB single-desk for wheat exports.
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Colleagues praise Gerry Ritz for dedication

Former agriculture minister proud of getting all sectors in the supply chain ‘rowing in the same direction’

Gerry Ritz knows most people will point to the end of the Canadian Wheat Board as his legacy. But the Battlefords-Lloydminster MP who was federal agriculture minister under Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper from 2007 to 2015 said he’s actually most proud of something else. “In my mind, it was the rapport developed with industry […] Read more

Former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has announced his resignation. | Screencap via Facebook.com/gerryritzmp/

Ritz announces resignation from federal politics

Former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has announced his resignation. In a Facebook post Aug. 31 the MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster said he would not return to his seat in the House of Commons this fall. Ritz was first elected in 1997 and thanked the voters in his constituency for re-electing him. “I also want to […] Read more



Changing the face of Canadian agriculture

As Gerry Ritz nears next year’s milestone of becoming the longest-serving federal agriculture minister in three decades, he is also a leading player in a generational transformation of farm policy fundamentals.


As Gerry Ritz nears next year’s milestone of becoming the longest-serving federal agriculture minister in three decades, he is also a leading player in a generational transformation of farm policy fundamentals. Gone, says Ritz, will be the assumption of government support as a built-in component of farm business plans. Safety net programs will remain in […] Read more