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Senior P.E.I. ag official to fill deputy minister post

Brian Matheson takes up position on acting basis

The post of top bureaucrat in Prince Edward Island’s agriculture department now has its third occupant in as many months.

Premier Dennis King on June 7 named Brian Matheson, previously director of policy and agriculture resources at the agriculture and land department, as its acting deputy minister, replacing Laurie Loane.

Loane, who’d been named deputy minister effective May 10, has “tendered her resignation” from the position and is returning to her previous post as executive director of the P.E.I. Agriculture Sector Council, King said.

The vacancy came as King’s new minority Tory government made good on one of its platform promises, separating the agriculture and fisheries department which the previous Liberal government had merged together in 2015.

King last month split the ministry and formed two new departments: agriculture and land, and fisheries and communities, with Bloyce Thompson and Jamie Fox as their respective cabinet ministers.

“We have tremendous respect for Ms. Loane, her depth of knowledge, and her work in the private sector to advance the agriculture industry on the Island,” King said in the June 7 release announcing Matheson’s interim appointment, plus the appointments of five other senior managers.

“We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours and look forward to continue working with her to strengthen and support the members of our agriculture sector.”

Loane had been named to the deputy post last month as the replacement for John Jamieson, who was later announced as the new CEO for the Guelph-based Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, effective Monday (June 17). — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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