Here’s that link again to James McLaren’s petition in which he and his co-signers “petition the Government” to allow for the legal sale of raw milk in Ontario. This petition could be an important first step towards legal raw milk. Download the file. Print it out, sign it, get your friends to sign it, then mail it to James McLaren (address on petition).
In the following account, Karen Selick of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, tells about her own experience of writing to a Government representative with a view to opening a dialog about raw milk on behalf of her clients Michael Schmidt and James McLaren:
On November 9, 2009, on the instructions of Michael Schmidt and James McLaren, I wrote to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Leona Dombrowsky — who also happens to be my own MPP) suggesting that a dialogue be opened with a view to amending the law and regulations to allow consumers to purchase safe, legal, unpasteurized milk. Here’s a copy of my two-page letter. You’ll note that we were asking for the opportunity to meet with the Minister to discuss changing the law.
In late December, 2009 I received a letter back from Ms. Dombrowsky (see copy here) indicating that she would not meet with me because “the specific subject matter of your e-mail is before the courts at this time.”
As readers can see for themselves, this was a very feeble excuse to avoid dealing with the issue. My letter to Ms. Dombrowsky did not contain even the remotest suggestion that I or my clients were seeking to have her intervene in the outcome of the trial. On the contrary, we were asking her to consider CHANGES to the legislation. That is something completely different and unrelated to the question of whether or not Michael Schmidt will be found guilty of an offence under current legislation. It is also unrelated to whether or not the current legislation will be found constitutional.
Readers of The Bovine who are unfamiliar with the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) can find out more information about us on our website, here: http://www.canadianconstitutionfoundation.ca/ If you are interested in helping fund Michael Schmidt’s legal fees, click the button that says “Donate to the CCF”.