(QUEEN’S PARK) Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington applauded raw milk activist Michael Schmidt for his persistent battle for individual freedom. Last month, the Ontario Court of Justice overturned a lower court’s ruling against Schmidt and upheld the 15 charges that were brought against him by the province in 2006.
Schmidt held a press conference today at Queen’s Park; he is three weeks into a hunger strike to protest against the current regulations that prohibit individuals from legally acquiring raw milk in Ontario.
“Michael’s case with raw milk is a perfect example of the overzealous limits we place on individual freedom,” said Hillier. “His ongoing battle is just another example of the regulatory burden that an individual must deal with on a daily basis in this province.”
Schmidt is in the process of appealing his case to the Ontario Court of Appeals. The Grey Bruce Health Unit is in the process of laying new charges against Schmidt.
“The health unit should have waited for due process of the law to run its full course, before targeting Mr. Schmidt with these new charges,” said Hillier. “The fact that they do not demonstrates a vengeful and vindictive approach to this case by this provincial government.”