Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman is creating a new advisory committee to provide “new perspectives on future growth”.
Randy Pettapiece, his parliamentary assistant and member of the legislature for Wellington-Perth, will chair the committee.
Hardeman has picked three vice-chairmen: Keith Currie, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture; Norm Beal, chief executive officer for Food and Beverage Ontario, and Dave Buttenham, chief executive officer for the Ontario Agri-Business Association.
The Committee will start meeting early in the new year, and will meet regularly to discuss issues that impact the industry, Hardeman said.
This looks like a strategy to bring potential critics inside the tent where their opinions can be kept out of the public eye.