March 24, 2019

Ontario Dental Association has pleaded guilty to illegal campaigning

CTV News Southwestern Ontario (26-Oct-2012, 1 min. 54 sec.)


Region of Waterloo, Ontario, 26-Oct-2012
The Ontario Dental Association pled guilty to promoting the use of ‘fluoride’ in Waterloo’s drinking water without registering to do so… The ODA pled guilty to breaching Ontario municipal election laws in 2010.


Full Media Statement issued by Robert J. Fleming, 26-Oct-2012 — “This case focused on ensuring that participants to the municipal democratic process adhered to the law when campaigning during the 2010 Region of Waterloo fluoridation referendum.

Democracy is something most of us hold dear. As such, most people understand the inappropriateness of allowing a large lobby group to simply do and spend as they please, while campaigning in a municipal election/referendum.

In the interest of holding just one such referendum, paid for by municipal tax dollars, charges against the Ontario Dental Association were sworn out early during the municipal campaign. I am pleased that the ODA pled guilty to the charges as laid. Local municipal democratic process was successfully protected.

Over these last two years, both in and out of court, the ODA tried unsuccessfully to impugn the charges brought against them. They argued the charges were without merit, intimidation tactics, and an abuse of the judiciary. Only when the evidence and merits of the case were about to be heard, did the ODA then stand down and plead guilty. They did so without any show of remorse.  Not even an apology to the Waterloo community. Yet, they benefit from a suspended sentence through their well-timed admission of guilt.

While justice was partially served, I suspect the ODA leaders remain as arrogant and evasive today as they were during the campaign two years ago.”


L’Association des dentistes de l’Ontario a plaidé coupable d’avoir enfreint la Loi électorale de l’Ontario en  faisant la promotion de la fluoration lors d’un référendum sur la cessation de la fluoration à Waterloo, ON sans s’être inscrit pour faire campagne pour la promotion de la fluoration.  L’Association se pensait au-dessus de la loi…  Le président de COF-COF, M. Robert J. Fleming a déposé cette plainte en 2010.