CFA President steps down to pursue career in politics
OTTAWA--CFA President Bob Friesen today officially resigned from his position as President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) to pursue a career in federal politics, announcing his intent to run as a Liberal candidate in the next federal election.
A former turkey and hog farmer from Manitoba, Friesen was first elected as CFA President in 1999, having served as Second Vice-President and on the Board of Directors for years prior.
'For nearly a decade, Bob Friesen has tirelessly served the diverse interests of CFA members and all Canadian farmers - bringing their concerns, issues and challenges to the attention of our leaders and working collaboratively with governments in developing viable solutions,' said CFA First Vice-President Laurent Pellerin. 'Farmers across this country owe him a great deal of gratitude.'
'While Bob would be the first to point out that no one person is the organization, he has certainly embodied the passion and dedication of the CFA and its members,' added Ron Bonnett, CFA Second Vice-President. 'He will certainly be missed, but we wish him all the best in his future pursuits.'
The leadership duties of the CFA will be shared in the interim by Pellerin and Bonnett until elections for all three executive officer positions are held at the CFA Annual General Meeting in February 2009.