The Saskatchewan agriculture community is reacting to the announcement that Lyle Stewart is stepping down as the provincial Ag minister.
The province made the announcement Thursday morning, as Stewart is battling colon cancer.
He successfully battled prostate cancer four years ago.
The President of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, Ray Orb says Stewart is very ”down-to-earth.”
“It’s a common sense approach, and we really liked that, SARM really appreciated him being open for discussion and kind of telling us where it was at.”
Orb says Stewart was equally effective when it came to both grain and livestock-related issues.
APAS president Todd Lewis says Stewart will be missed because he has been a strong supporter of the farming community.
“Minister Stewart has been a great advocate for Agriculture, certainly at the cabinet level and at the Legislature, we’ve always had a friend in Minister Stewart certainly, and he’s done a tremendous job of raising the profile of Agriculture, not only provincially, but nationally and internationally as well.”
Jim Wickett is Chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and says he has high praise for Stewart.
“There’s nothing that is foreign to him, he knows what it’s like to lose a crop, and he knows Agriculture inside and out, and he’s been a great friend to all farmers and Agriculture in general.”
Stewart will remain in his MLA seat for Lumsden-Morse while undergoing cancer treatments.