Raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt's top court appeal bid rejected

Michael Schmidt. (File Photo)

Michael Schmidt. (File Photo)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

TORONTO -- Ontario raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt has lost his bid to argue his case before the Supreme Court of Canada.

But he vows this final legal setback will not bring an end to his two-decade battle to distribute unpasteurized milk to willing buyers.

"We'll see where we go from here," Schmidt, 60, said Thursday from his Durham, Ont., farm following release of the court's decision.

"Every time they crack down on us, the interest in raw milk soars. They might shut me down, but there's probably 50 others in Ontario."

Convicted of distributing raw milk in 2011, the Durham dairy farmer was hoping to have that ruling overturned on the grounds that it violated his charter rights. The country's highest court gives no reasons when they deny leave to appeal.

"It is no surprise to me and I was hoping they would hear it," Schmidt said. "I was hoping for the best but expecting the worst with the way things are nowadays."


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