Jean Pronovost, a leading figure in agriculture in Quebec, died

Jean Pronovost, figure marquante de l’agriculture au Québec, est décédé

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Jean Pronovost has conducted an extensive consultation in 2007 and 2008 while presiding over the work of the Commission on the future of agriculture and agri-food in quebec.

The grand mandarin of the State and central figure in agriculture at Quebec Jean Pronovost died Wednesday at the age of 80 years, announced the Institute of John Garon Friday night.

“In some ways, this is the world of food as a whole is in mourning,” said Simon Smith, the president of the organization in a press release.

Jean Pronovost has conducted an extensive consultation in 2007 and 2008 while presiding over the work of the Commission on the future of agriculture and agri-food in quebec.

The Pronovost report, as it was commonly called, recommended, inter alia, the end of the trade union monopoly of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) in order, he maintained, to enable a reform of agriculture. The agricultural world must change or perish, said Dr. Pronovost.

At the time, Jean Charest’s liberal party had ruled out the possibility of putting an end to this exclusivity of association.

The fifty recommendations that were made remain current today, ” said Mr. Bégin in a telephone interview with The canadian Press.

“It could be the road map to a genuine shift in Quebec “, he launched on the subject of the document, which also suggested to review the funding of the agriculture and leave more space for the organic production.

In 2015, Jean Pronovost, has acted as a consultant in public policy for the government in conducting a consultation of farm succession.

Mr. Pronovost has also enjoyed a long career in several sectors of the public service. From 1980 to 2005, he served as deputy minister in five ministries : the Labour and income security, the Environment, Industry and trade, municipal Affairs and the metropolis, economic Development, Innovation and Export trade.

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