Video of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s response to Michael Schmidt’s press conference statement on CTV news

Here’s a video clip of Dalton McGuinty’s response to Michael Schmidt’s news conference statement, as found on the CTV website:

Dalton McGuinty's response, captured on video. From CTV. Click image to go there.

Otherwise CTV is running the Canadian Press story we’ve seen elsewhere:

“The province is right to appeal a verdict in favour of raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt because of ongoing public health concerns, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday, while the farmer called the move another example of a government intent on interfering with personal freedoms.

“My understanding is that there’s still an overwhelming consensus among medical experts that raw milk presents a real risk to public health and we feel a responsibility to take this to a higher court and give the judge there an opportunity to speak to this,” McGuinty said.

The government is appealing last month’s decision by a justice of the peace to dismiss 19 charges against Schmidt of violating the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Schmidt and his supporters say the appeal amounts to persecuting a small group of individuals seeking the right to make choices without government interference.

“This raw milk debate is about basic rights, which we have lost and we are losing every time this government passes another regulation without considering the most important factors of liberty and individual rights,” Schmidt said.

“People are starting to rebel against the nanny-state.”…”

See the full story on CTV.ca

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5 responses to “Video of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s response to Michael Schmidt’s press conference statement on CTV news

  1. d.evans

    When I went to the CTV.ca website to view the Premier’s full statement, a short commercial ran first, then, there was a small screen that said “Canada only” and the file never loaded to play.
    Yes, I’m south of the border, but this issue is most certainly a North American one. Many people here in the States are watching and cheering Mr Schmidt on. The influence of his intellect and perseverance extend way beyond the issue of cow-shares in the Province of Ontario. I have become an admirer of Mr Schmidt’s while watching this saga unfold over these last few months of the trial, verdict and now appeal. He is an inspiration for anyone who cares about keeping their personal rights to choose . . . anything!
    That said, why is the Premier’s retort video is not allowed to to be seen outside Canada?

  2. thebovine

    d.

    I guess it’s for the same reason that Hulu doesn’t want their videos viewed outside the U.S.

    Still, it’s a shame.

    However, just so you know, he didn’t say much more than is quoted in the CP story.

  3. Joseph Roy

    It has been a long standing rule, and for obvious reasons, that politicians do not involved themselves in court processes especially if a case is before the courts. The following comments attributed to McGuinty are a direct attempt to interfere with the courts and to influence the judge yet to be appointed:McGuinty said “My understanding is that there’s still an overwhelming consensus among medical experts that raw milk presents a real risk to public health and we feel a responsibility to take this to a higher court and give the judge there an opportunity to speak to this.”
    In the past ministers of the government were made to resign their positions when such attempts were made. The Legislative Branch is NOT TO INTERFERE with the Judicial Branch nor with the Administrative Branch. They are to work independently of each other. That is the law.

  4. Michael

    I think it is interesting that the Premier thinks that the higher court is more capable of deciding an health issue. The higher courts will more and more deal with the actual question of law and not who has more science or less science. As I said before a scientific issue cannot be resolved in court. It can only be resolved in co-operation with all the stakeholders
    Go McGuinty you are the best promoter of the emerging food rights movement.

  5. Joseph Roy

    Re: My previous post.
    A friend told me that he didn’t think Premier McGuinty interfered. The fact is that McGuinty’s comment to have a judge look at the decision of a previous court decision on the basis that “there’s still an overwhelming consensus among medical experts that raw milk presents a real risk to public health” is interference. The fact is that McGuinty is the most powerful man in this province, and by the stature of his office, comments on a case before the court could influence the judiciary.
    Politicians should never involved themselves in cases before the court as Micheal’s case is.

    Kudos to Allyson and Scott for well written comments.

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