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Sen. Plett talks agriculture at Ottawa Senators event
March 30, 2016

"It is often said that hockey is Canada’s national sport, and I believe that agriculture is Canada’s national industry.”

- Senator Don Plett

Manitoba Senator Don Plett helped the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators kick off an agriculture initiative on March 22.

The Sens hosted Agriculture Night at the Canadian Tire Centre, welcoming youth from 4-H Ontario to participate in workshops and hear guest speakers discuss agriculture. Senator Plett was among the guests and he delivered remarks about the role of agriculture in Canada.

“I am thrilled that the Sens have taken on this endeavour to support Canada’s world-class agriculture and agri-food industry,” Senator Plett said.

“The agriculture and agri-food industry contributes over $100 billion annually to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP). That’s more than the national GDP of two-thirds of the world’s countries. Additionally, the industry employs one in eight Canadians.”

Senator Plett with Cyril Leeder, president of the Ottawa Senators.

He took advantage of the setting to connect hockey with agriculture.

“There is a major link between farming and hockey in Canada, but one that is very rarely explored. Not only is there a cultural connection, with many rural Canadians being actively engaged in both. But there is also a practical connection, as the nutritional quality of Canada’s agri-food products — whether it’s dairy, meat, grains, or our superb organic capabilities — fuel athletic performance, producing some of the best athletes in the world.”

Click here to learn more about the Senate’s work on agriculture and forestry.