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Minister MacAulay seemingly ready for next election campaign

Minister MacAulay seemingly ready for next election campaign reached out to the federal minister and opposition party ag critics about intentions to run again

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

The federal minister of agriculture appears ready to defend his seat in the next federal election, which must take place on or before Oct. 20, 2025.

“Having had the honour of being elected by the people of Cardigan for eleven straight elections, Minister MacAulay is always preparing for the next campaign,” the minister's office told in an email.

The people in the P.E.I. riding of Cardigan first elected MacAulay to the House of Commons in 1988 and he’s represented his constituents in Ottawa ever since.

When the next election is called, one of three people will have secured the Conservative nomination to unseat MacAulay.

Darryl Berger, a property management professional who worked on Pierre Poilievre’s leadership campaign is in that race.

As is James Aylward, a former P.E.I. cabinet minister and leader of the province’s official opposition.

And Billy Cann, a former provincial NDP candidate, is also seeking the Conservative nomination. has also contacted the offices of John Barlow, Alistair MacGregor and Yves Perron, who are the ag critics for the Conservatives, NDP and Bloc, respectively.

Ag critics
From left: Alistair MacGregor,John Barlow and Yves Perron. House of Commons photos.

As of May 30, hasn’t received responses from those three MPs.

Barlow, the Conservative ag critic, has represented the Alberta riding of Foothills since 2015.

He won the riding in the 2021 election with 44,456 votes, or 69.2 per cent of the counted votes.

Alistair MacGregor, the NDP’s ag critic, has represented Cowichan-Malahat-Langford in B.C. since 2015.

In the 2021 election, MacGregor retained his seat, receiving 26,968 votes, or 42.8 per cent of votes.

And Yves Perron, the Bloc’s ag critic, has represented the Quebec riding of Berthier—Maskinongé since 2019.

In the 2021 election, Perron won with 19,339 votes, or just over 35 per cent of the riding’s support. will update readers on the candidacy of the other ag critics when that information becomes available.

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