Governor General Georges Vanier’s throne speech on Jan. 18, 1966 opened the first session of the country’s 27th Parliament under Prime Minister Lester Pearson.
The government planned to restructure the department of forestry to include rural development and create a fund to finance rural projects.
Pearson’s government also promised to establish the Canadian Dairy Commission, provide cash advances for unharvested grain, create a livestock feed agency and increase the Farm Credit Corporation’s funds.
On Oct 1. 1966, Joe Greene, the ag minister at the time, became the minister responsible for the Canadian Dairy Commission.
As of October 2020, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s federal ag minister, is responsible for the commission.