Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries
The Honourable F. Ross Wetmore was re-elected on September 24, 2018 to represent the riding of Gagetown-Petitcodiac. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries on November 9, 2018.
Born in Campbellton, New Brunswick in 1953, Ross is the son of Mary Jane (MacKenzie) and the late James Beverly Wetmore.
Mr. Wetmore was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 2010 provincial election to represent the riding of Grand Lake-Gagetown. He was re-elected in 2014 to represent the new riding of Gagetown-Petitcodiac. During his time in the Legislative Assembly, he has served as the Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Opposition critic for Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Opposition critic for Natural Resources, and on various committees, most notably the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the Select Committee on Cannabis.
His political experience started in 1970 with Horace Smith, a former provincial cabinet minister. It continued with executive positions for local riding associations and sitting as a regional vice-president on the provincial executive.
After attending Oromocto High School (OHS), he pursued his passion in retail and meat cutting with Mulder’s Meat Market. Recognizing the value of education, he completed his GED in 1987. While at OHS, he was a standout goaltender on the New Brunswick high school championship winning 1970-71 Blues varsity hockey team.
Mr. Wetmore is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting at the young age of 10. He sold Christmas cards in Germany, peddled farm fresh eggs door-to-door in Oromocto, owned with his family K&W Quality Meats and the Gagetown Marina in the Village of Gagetown, and has assisted family members with running their businesses in Gagetown. Over the years he has received several awards for business excellence.
Active in his community, Mr. Wetmore is a member of Ducks Unlimited, The Royal Canadian Legion, Gagetown Branch, OTEC, Alexander Lodge #33, St. John's Anglican Church and the Gagetown Rotary Club where he received the prestigious recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Wetmore and his wife Margaret live in the Village of Gagetown. They have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.