Ex-Sask. ag deputy heads north

A former top agriculture bureaucrat in the Saskatchewan government will take up a new deputy minister’s post this summer in the Yukon.

Harvey Brooks, who was Saskatchewan’s deputy minister of agriculture until November 2007, will become the Yukon government’s deputy minister of economic development, effective July 17.

Brooks “has experience in rural revitalization and cross-departmental approaches to economic development, as well as national and international initiatives,” said Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie in a release Tuesday.

Brooks, who had held deputy posts in three other departments before agriculture, was let go from the Saskatchewan ag ministry in November after the Saskatchewan Party won that month’s election and formed government.

He was replaced by Alanna Koch, an agrologist and farmer best known for her work with groups such as the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and the Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

A Saskatchewan press release at the time said Brooks “will be leaving government.” In his new post in the Yukon, he will replace Eugene Lysy, who retired earlier this year.

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