PEOPLE - Canada appoints new minister of agriculture:
Gerry Ritz has been named Canada's new Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to replace Chuck Strahl, who will take over as the new minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Mr Ritz most recently held the parliamentary position of secretary of state for Small Business and Tourism. Before then, he was chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, as well as the critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food and for Public Works and Government Services. The changes, which take effect immediately, are part of a major reshuffling of the Canadian Ministry.