Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is honoured to have been appointed as a new member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Maguire has represented Brandon-Souris since November 2013, and has also served on the Public Safety and Human Resources Committee.
"I am honoured and humbled by this appointment," said Maguire. "Westman's economy is largely fueled by agricultural exports and the importance of opening new markets for our farmers and investing in further research is more important than ever."
Maguire is no stranger to agricultural issues as he farmed near Elgin, Manitoba until 2002 and is a member of Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers alumni having represented Mid Canada in 1986.
He has also been involved in the following agricultural organizations:
- President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers from 1995-1999,
- Twice elected to the Canadian Wheat Board Advisory Committee (1987-94),
- Served two terms on Winnipeg Commodity Exchange as Manitoba's Public Governor,
- Executive Member of the Canada Grains Council, and;
- Member of the Keystone Agriculture Producers, while actively helping with many other farm associations.
The University of Manitoba Faculty Of Agriculture recognized Larry with a "Certificate of Merit" for outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry and the public at large.
In September of 2014, Maguire accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a bilateral trade mission to London, United Kingdom to assist in opening new markets for our local farmers. In addition, Maguire also hosted the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and the Chair of the Agriculture Committee to southwestern Manitoba to meet with agricultural and business leaders.
Maguire concluded, "I will continue to stand up for the many unique challenges facing Westman and build on the success of Canada's European and South Korean Free Trade Agreements."
As the Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, Maguire remains focused on working with community leaders to build on the economic growth our region is experiencing. He knows trade, processing and manufacturing are necessary to attract new workers and their families from right across our country and around the world.