I saw this over at Ianism.com - from the Lanark Landowners Association:
Food Strike & Demonstration
Perth's Farmers Market
September 11, 2004
From 8:00- 12:00 noon
The Lanark Landowners Association along with vendors and consumers of quality farm fresh produce will be demonstrating against intrusive and corrupt legislation that prevents quality farm products from being sold direct to the consumer. The large trans national agricultral corporations & marketing boards want total control of food sales and have lobbied bureaucrats into creating unjust and interfering laws that restrict the sale of food, the basics of life, into the hands of large corporations. When you have a quality product, a reputable vendor and a willing buyer there is no law required, the market will take care of its self, its called free enterprise.
Tractor Convoy arrives at 9:00 am
LLA Grade AAA local beef steaks & roasts for $1.99 lb
Ungraded & illegal farm fresh eggs & produce for sale
Music by the Tweed Twangers
Witness the arrest & trial of local farmers
Lanark Landowners Association1- 613- 257- 7968
Here is the related press release:
To: Dave Ramsay ; Andy Mitchell ; Paul Martin ; Dalton Mcguinty ; Steve Peters ; Irwin Cotler Cc: Reid, Scott - M.P. ; John Yakabuski ; Cheryl Gallant
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 12:33 AM
Subject: Rural revolution -food strike begins
Farm/food strike for Property Rights and Survival
The Lanark Landowners Association issued a communiqué to you and your government departments on Thursday May 20, 2004. The message was clear: Rural Landowners and farmers must regain constitutional protection for ownership rights to private property in order to regain profitability and protect our heritage and culture. In addition, the communiqué clearly outlined September 1, 2004 as the deadline for a response and the consequences that will ensue. Your non-response is evidence of Canada’s lost democracy and government unaccountability.
Failing a suitable and timely response the united landowners of Lanark, Carleton, Renfrew, Hastings, Glengarry, Frontenac, Leeds & Grenville Counties and numerous farm, landowners & rural associations throughout Ontario will begin rotating and escalating farm strikes and road closures on September 3, 2004. The first of these actions will commence at Shaw Rd. in Pakenham Township, followed by actions each and every week at communities throughout Ontario, leading to significant demonstrations in downtown Ottawa, in the shadows of the people's parliament. The farm strike actions will eliminate gouging by middle men and corporations and will be the beginning of the end to unjust government interference in rural Ontario. The strike will include restricting road traffic at key intersections, selling farm fresh LLA-inspected beef and steaks for $1.99 per pound, selling un-graded farm fresh produce and products (bypassing government enforcers and inspectors), tractor convoys and farm/rural displays of dissatisfaction. Each week, a new location will be announced to selected media outlets as the farm strikes beat a path to picket the corrupt halls of power in Ottawa.
It’s clear and unambiguous that all levels of government have little or no respect for rural landowners and farmers: urban politicians & bureacrats are prepared to experiment with and manage the death of rural Canada. Unaccountable bureaucrats and ignorant politicians have created a dangerous habitat and threatening environment with over regulation, excessive & intrusive legislation that favours Trans national corporations and agri-food monopolies. The heavy hand of coercion is frequently used to extort compliance from rural landowners and our de-facto justice system ensures the only thing that is common in Canadian law is that individuals can never win without losing.
The closure of hundreds of local abattoirs has magnified the devastating effects of BSE, while the meat packing cartel wallows in obscene profits and government compensation packages. Our access to foreign markets remains closed while Uruguayan beef is imported and Canadian taxpayers exploited. Marketing boards designed to protect the family farms have become covert double agents; aiding and abetting the corporate culture of greed that expands monopolies and cartels. The reality of government deception remains hidden from the urban consumers' view, but not for long.
The united landowners of Eastern Ontario will no longer comply with legislated injustice, will not cower in fear and will defend our heritage and culture with forceful resolve to return democracy and justice into the hands of its rightful owners - common people. The consequences of your inaction will be the weight of Rural Canada descending upon your diminished authority.
President, Lanark Landowners Association
Why the food strike?
This from the LLA's website:
To achieve the objective of getting government out of rural lives, a clear timetable for the inclusion of Property Rights in the Canadian Constitution is needed. The LLA is setting a deadline of Sept. 1, 2004 for the government to establish a timetable and a commitment. If nothing is forthcoming from the government, strikes will be initiated. A final deadline of July 1, 2005 is set for the inclusion of Property Rights into the Canadian Constitution.
Canada’s most important industry has no union, and ineffective representation, and in these troubling times requires protection from both governments and bureaucrats. Canada’s ability to feed itself is lost in fields of worthless intrusion. Agriculture is monopolized through government regulations that close and bankrupt the foundations of Canadian independence "the family farm". Farmers are left with few outlets to sell the fruits of their labours, and their harvest is a pittance of income. Canadian farmers have inadvertently traded their independence and prosperity for crumbs of subsidies that benefit the bureaucracy more than farmers.
I will definitely try to be there on the 11th.