Lawrence MacAulay was first election the Member of Parliament for Cardigan in 1988 and is now the longest serving MP in the history of Prince Edward Island. In 2015 he was named Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. McAulay is also second in the order of succession, after the Prime Minister and Ralph Goodale.
In his role as Minister, McAulay will be working closely with Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of International Trade, on the Trans Pacific Partnership deal and on the country-of-origin labelling debate between Canada, the US and Mexico.
McAulay has previously served as Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans) and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)/ Prior to the election he was the Liberal Party critic for Fisheries and Oceans.
Before entering politics, McAulay was a dairy and potato farmer and businessman.
He is married and has three daughters.