|Member of Parliament|
for Prince Edward—Hastings
November 21, 1988 – June 28, 2004
|Preceded by||Jack Ellis|
|Succeeded by||Daryl Kramp|
|Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food|
June 11, 1997 – December 12, 2003
|Preceded by||Ralph Goodale|
|Succeeded by||Bob Speller|
|Born||September 19, 1943|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
Lyle Vanclief,(born September 19, 1943) was Canada's Minister of Agriculture from 1997-2003.
Vanclief was born in Ameliasburg, Ontario. He graduated in the class of 1967 from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Agriculture degree.
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.
In June 1997, Vanclief was named Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food after his election to the 36th Canadian Parliament.
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.
Vanclief did not run for re-election in the 2004 election, and today works as a lobbyist.
Vanclief supported Stéphane Dion for the leadership of the Liberal Party.
Vanclief married Sharon, with whom he has two children.