ALUS welcomes Prime Minister to Saskatchewan - ALUS
Canada’s Prime Minister visited Todd Lewis’ century farm in Saskatchewan on April 27, and the canola producer didn’t miss the opportunity to teach Trudeau a thing or two about farming on the Canadian prairies, including a lesson in how to drive a combine.
Our own Paige Englot, ALUS Canada’s Prairie Hub Manager, helped welcome the P.M. to the Gray community rink, as a guest of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS).
“For me, it was great to see the Prime Minister of our country conducting a press conference with that heavy clay Saskatchewan soil still on his shoes,” she said.
The visit was arranged by APAS, the organization that brought ALUS to Saskatchewan. Todd Lewis, the President of APAS, was also an original ALUS PAC member—until 2015 when the ALUS partnership transitioned to WUQWATR (Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility), whose territory includes the locations visited by the Prime Minister.
The three organizations still work closely together—indeed, WUQWATR’s chair Larry Grant accompanied ALUS Canada’s Englot to the APAS event.
According to Englot, the Prime Minister’s visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase Canadian innovation in the agricultural sector. “It was gratifying to hear Trudeau acknowledge the importance of our home-grown Saskatchewan farmers,” she said.
“And he phrased it in a way that resonates well with ALUS—that with the right supports, Canadians will be able to grow the economy while also growing the environment.”
Justin Trudeau was accompanied by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale (MP, Regina-Wascana).
Thank you to APAS for inviting ALUS to attend the special event.