From Michael Schmidt:
Tuesday March the 11th at 10.30 am the Ontario Court of Appeal will render the ruling of the three judges in the longstanding, long lasting raw milk case, which started 1994 here in Ontario.
I have reported over the years on many statistics comparing the difference in death rates of various activities.
The most striking one is smoking, which on the one hand creates an enormous amount of tax revenue but on the other hand also burdens health care dramatically.
There are approximately 2.1 million smokers in Ontario. According to the GOVERNMENT 1 in 3 will die from smoking.
According to the Heart and Lung Foundation 260 000 people died in the last 20 years from smoking.
To put it in perspective; 1994 was the start of the raw milk battle in Ontario. The main legal Government argument is it’s mandate to protect the public from the inherent risk of raw milk.
After 20 years and close to 2 million liters served may be even 2 million dollars spent on dragging us through court to protect the public;
NOBODY IN ONTARIO HAS DIED FROM RAW MILK in the last 20 years.
However Ontario is getting over a billion dollars every year in tobacco tax revenues and public health is not really the issue anymore because the tax benefit outweighs the immense health risks.
That’s why tomorrows ruling at the end means nothing.
Let’s keep going even if it takes another 20 years.
However there is always a chance that judges recognize the hypocrisy of the arguments and rule accordingly.
The question is after all; do these courts have even the authority and jurisdiction. May be not.
Let’s live happily thereafter.
Let’s toast for the best.