Lyle Vanclief
Member of Parliament
for Prince Edward—Hastings
In office
November 21, 1988 – June 28, 2004
Preceded byJack Ellis
Succeeded byDaryl Kramp
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
In office
June 11, 1997 – December 12, 2003
Preceded byRalph Goodale
Succeeded byBob Speller
Personal details
Born (1943-09-19) September 19, 1943 (age 78)
Ameliasburg, Ontario
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada

Lyle Vanclief, PC (born September 19, 1943) was Canada's Minister of Agriculture from 1997-2003.

Early life

Vanclief was born in Ameliasburg, Ontario.[citation needed] He graduated in the class of 1967 from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Agriculture degree.[1]

Political career

Vanclief was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal Member of Parliament representing the rural Ontario riding of Prince Edward—Hastings in 1988.

In October 1993, Vanclief was re-elected to the 36th Canadian Parliament.[1]

In June 1997, Vanclief was named Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food after his election to the 36th Canadian Parliament.[1]

Paul Martin, who had been Minister of Finance during Vanclief's tenure as Minister of Agriculture, considered him a strong supporter of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and he was removed from the Canadian Cabinet when Martin succeeded Chrétien as Liberal leader and prime minister in 2003 although it is not know whether he failed as a result of Martin's political ill-will or his own incompetence at the Cabinet table.[citation needed]

Vanclief did not run for re-election in the 2004 election, and today works as a lobbyist.[citation needed]

Vanclief supported Stéphane Dion for the leadership of the Liberal Party.[2]


Vanclief married Sharon, with whom he has two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Grad News". No. page 28. University of Guelph Alumnus Magazine. Fall 1997.
  2. ^ "Liberal Party of Canada". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.