House Debates, Members' Statement, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada

I have a real concern for this small business element of my community and for the community as a whole if this issue is not resolved and clear rules are not laid out and enshrined in law.

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario
November 15, 1995

House Debates
Members’ Statement
Tony Martin, MPP

The Committee of the Whole
1st session, 37th Parliament
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

FRANCHISE BUSINESSES

Mr Tony Martin (Sault Ste Marie): Tomorrow I bring before this House a private member's bill to regulate the franchise industry.

Franchising has become a very popular and significant way to do business in Ontario, and every community, small and large, has become more and more dependent on the economic activity generated in this way as time has gone on.

I bring this legislation before the House, recognizing that most of the work done on it was carried out by my colleague from the last government, Mr Jim Wiseman, MPP for Durham West. His bill, Bill 182, was still in the order paper at the time of the June 8 election.

Since that time, I have been approached by franchisees sharing their situation with me, indicating that nothing much has changed for them. In fact, in some instances, things have gotten worse. I have a real concern for this small business element of my community and for the community as a whole if this issue is not resolved and clear rules are not laid out and enshrined in law. I am not introducing anything new to Canadian law by way of this bill, as similar legislation was introduced and indeed passed some five years ago in Alberta.

I urge the members of the House to be here tomorrow morning at 11 am to listen to the arguments and to support this bill. Do it in the interest of small business and in the interest of the positive impact these enterprises have in your own communities.

This document is a verbatim copy of Hansard, the official record of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. To review the original transcript:
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/36-1/l023.htm

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Office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
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