HOW YOU CAN HELP
We have now fought motions by the defendants to strike the statement of claim all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada, and won every step of the way.
The Alberta and Saskatchewan actions have been consolidated into the Ontario National Class Action. The Ontario and Quebec actions have now been certified as class actions on behalf of all the cattle producers of Canada who were adversely affected by the closing of international borders to Canadian cattle and beef on May 20, 2003.
We have settled with Ridley and capped their exposure. Ridley has provided $6M to fund the ongoing actions against the government of Canada.
We have the funding in place and the go-ahead from the Courts to proceed. We firmly believe we will win at trial. However, it is a fact of life that lawsuits take a long time. It will be years before the trial and it may be many years before all appeals are exhausted.
We believe that the only way the government of Canada will wake up and pay attention in a timely manner to the hardship caused to cattle producers by the negligence of the civil servants charged with the responsibility of keeping BSE out of the Canadian herd, is if the cattle producers of Canada start to make some noise. Lots of noise. We can win the legal battle, but for the political battle we need your help.
So please, take some time to read the statement of claim in the Ontario National Class Action. It can be found here.
Now please, take a look at the letter we ask that you send to the Prime Minister. It can be found here.