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Ag secretary named caucus chair

Ontario MP Guy Lauzon, who up until last month’s federal election was a Parliamentary secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, has been named chair of the Conservative government caucus.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in announcing the appointment Monday, called Lauzon, 64, a “well respected figure among his caucus colleagues and I look forward to working with him and all government caucus members as we develop strong policies to protect Canada’s future during a time of global economic instability.”

Lauzon, a businessman before seeking office, has been the MP for the southern Ontario constituency of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry since 2004. He has been the Conservative caucus’ deputy whip since March 2006.

When he was named to the ag secretary’s post in October 2007, he was also named Parliamentary secretary to the minister for the federal economic development initiative in northern Ontario, who until last month’s election was Tony Clement, now Harper’s industry minister.

Lauzon also sat on the Commons standing committee on agriculture and agri-food from October 2007 until the last federal election was called in September.

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