Sharon Individual fined $6250 for Dealing Livestock Without a Licence
Convicted - Kenneth E. Valliquette
Location - Listowel
Description of Offence - Mr. Valliquette unlawfully engaged in the business of a livestock dealer without the required licence.
Date of Offence - April 4, 2017
Date of Conviction - January 24, 2018
Penalty ImposedMr. Valliquette was fined $5000 by Justice of the Peace Susanne Doyle, at the Ottawa Provincial Offences Court. The court also imposed a 25 per cent Victim Fine Surcharge of $1250, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
- On April 4, 2017, investigators with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) observed Mr. Valliquette selling cattle at a provincially licensed auction market. It was known at the time that Mr. Valliquette did not hold a valid licence to buy and sell cattle.
- Further investigation revealed that 16 of the cattle had been purchased the previous day at a different provincially licensed auction market.
- This is the second time that Mr. Valliquette has been convicted for buying and selling livestock without a dealer's licence.
- The Livestock and Livestock Products Act, 1990 and Ontario Regulation 725 of the Act provide for the licensing of people dealing in cattle, govern terms of payment of cattle purchased by dealers, and provide protection for producers and dealers of cattle from non-payment.
- In Ontario, persons engaged in the business of dealing cattle are required to be licensed. This licensing system ensures the financial stability of the licensed operator and protects cattle sellers against losses in the event of a default in payment by the buyer.
- The penalty for a person convicted of a provincial offence under this Act is a fine of not less than $2000 for a first offence and not less than $5000 for a subsequent offence.