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BCFG
rookie a
A fir
g minister
st to hear
Cantelon cautious in
brief address to
Stan Hagen, who died of a heart
attack in a Victoria restaurant in
Penticton gathering.
January.
province’s Solicitor-General at the
Although he was also the
time, van Dongen was named
By Judie Steeves
A
interim agriculture minister, but
s the third provincial
served less than a week before a
agriculture minister in as
permanent replacement was named
by the premier.
Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon got his
many weeks, Nanaimo-
making any promises in his brief
Cantelon was careful about not
feet wet in his first cabinet post with
an address to the B.C. Fruit Growers
address to the 70 or 80 growers in
Association annual general meeting
attendance, but he did say he is
less than 24 hours after his
committed to buying B.C. products
appointment.
himself, and he supports something
like the Buy B.C. program created by
Penticton, Cantelon trod cautiously
In speaking to delegates in Barlee, who was agriculture minister
in the footprints of such former
in the NDP government of 1991.
ministers as Bill Barlee, Dave
Zirnhelt, Corky Evans, John van
marketing program for B.C.
However, he was firm that a new
Dongen, Pat Bell and, most recently,
agricultural products would be more
Ron Cantelon
positive and not apologetic. It would
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British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Spring 2009
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