This is the text of raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt’s presentation to the media December 10, 2008 at Queen’s Park, Toronto:
Over 25 different publicly funded officials as I will explain are involved in an apparent criminal conspiracy in contravention of Section 465.(1) sub D of the Criminal Code of Canada.
It appears that Dr. Murray McQuigge, MD, PHD, former Medical Officer of Health and his successor Dr Hazel Lynn chief Medical Officer of Health and her Public Health Inspectors for Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Dominic Fortuna for York Region, have teamed up with Leona Dombrowsky, the Minister of Agriculture & Food, to orchestrate a malicious targeted and unlawful harassment campaign against small family farmer, that produce their own eggs, butter, cheese, yogurts and other dairy products on their own farms, using raw milk.
Dr.McQuigge was involved in the early 90’s in a rather personal vendetta, to close down one of Ontario’s leading raw milk farms in the Grey Bruce Owen Sound District. Due to unlawful activities of my lawyer at that time, Dr.McQuigge was temporarily successful in closing down our farm. We lost 500 acres and most of our cows and machinery. I continued to assert our sovereign rights as a farmer to grow, produce and provide our own farm products to anyone we had privately contracted with. 12 years later in 2006, the above mentioned agencies joined forces in a determined, premeditated and malicious campaign, to permanently close down and destroy the leading state of the art raw milk farm in the province of Ontario.
It appears, that from the highest levels of the Liberal Party of Ontario, Leona Dombrowsky and others, have involved the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Finances, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and local police forces, as well as Grey County and York Region Health Unit Staff in an armed raid with over 25 different publicly funded officials in November 2006.
Today, I announce that I am appealing and challenging constitutionally and jurisdictionally the validity of section 18 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S. O. 1990 and Section 15 of the Milk Act R.S. O. 1990. Under Section 36.1 of the Provincial Offences Act R.S.O. 1990 Chapter P.33 I will be challenging the validity of the private information laid by the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Criminal Summary Provincial Offenses Court.
I have consistently asserted, that the raw milk from our cow share operation is far safer for human consumption than today’s commercially distributed pasteurized milk. This itself is the main reason, why we have a renewed consumer interest in un-adulterated farm fresh milk. No government official has ever proven, that the milk from the cows on our farm is harmful, dangerous or has ever caused health concerns. Extensive research, see the attached document, has revealed, that no documents and statistic data’s in Canada exist, which could confirm any claims made by health officials and politicians, that raw milk produced for human consumption is hazardous. In contrast according to the recent Auditor General’s report, over half of the licensed dairy plants in Ontario showed significant bacterial contamination and continue to operate freely. The Premier and the Minister of Agriculture and Food are warning, that legalizing milk, according to Dr.McQuigge is tantamount to manslaughter, I call on them to show me the bodies. At the same time we know, that Government licensed plants have killed people across Canada and that the Province is actively involved in manslaughter by collecting taxes for alcohol and cigarettes.
In addition, I will be working closely with Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark- Frontenac Lenox and Addington and many farm organizations including the many Landowner organizations across Ontario, to introduce a private member’s bill called “The Farmer’s Sovereign Rights Bill of Ontario”. This bill will authorize small family farms to manufacture, distribute and sell their own products directly to the consumer, whether on the farm or off the farm, without the need for licensing under any existing or proposed Ontario legislation.
I will also be active in attempting to lay criminal charges of conspiracy as per Section 465 section d of the Criminal Code, which prohibits a conspiracy to convict someone of a non-constitutionally valid offense.
I will also be initiating a civil suit against those various government agencies for the damages that have resulted in this malicious and unfounded violation of this fundamental, God given, spiritual and human right as detailed in the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights since the early 1990’s.
In addition I like to acknowledge that I am in the process to appeal the decision of Justice Boswell mainly on constitutional grounds, where my fundamental rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms have been clearly violated under section 2 sub b, section 7, section 8, section 11 sub d, section 12, and section 15.
Justice Boswell ignored the limited jurisdiction of the court order and clearly made a premature determination of quilt, which should have been determined at the upcoming trial in January.
This change in direction has nothing to do with my own deep personal beliefs that aggression will not solve aggression. To challenge Government and bureaucracy requires a clear understanding of my role as a respectful individual. I thank those, who act with responsibility. But I will challenge those, who disregard their responsibility to serve for the good of all.
I will not rest until there is a will for constructive dialogue.
I will not rest until there is a renewed respect for our individual rights.
I will not rest until we farmers can live without fear, until we farmers can make a living in dignity and until we farmers are free to serve those who want to obtain the nourishing food we grow.
Thank you Michael