Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is stepping down from his cabinet position.
Stewart is battling colorectal cancer and says he wants to put his focus on his health.
He says that due to his circumstances, he felt we would not be able to give the attention the position deserved.
Stewart will remain the MLA for Lumsden-Morse.
Premier Scott Moe said in a release that he is sad to lose Stewart from cabinet, but his first concern is for Stewart’s health.
“First and foremost, Lyle Stewart is my friend, so the most important thing is for him to deal with his cancer,” Moe said. “Everything else is secondary. Lyle has been a great Agriculture Minister and I want to thank him for everything he has done for the ag industry in our province.”
Moe is expected to name a new cabinet minister next week.
Stewart, meanwhile, says one of the key issues during his 6 year stint in the agriculture portfolio involved transitioning federal PFRA community pastures.
“Now continuing that same program with provincial pastures, in the beginning that was sort of uphill and against the wind, but it’s proven to be a good system, and generally speaking the stakeholders that are involved are happy with the new protocol.”
Farm Leaders have expressed strong praise for Stewart, calling him a strong advocate for the farming community.