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

We predicted then that what is actually happening now with Grand and Toy would in fact happen, that if you weren't willing to regulate the relationship, we would continue to have trouble, because no matter what you say, what's there now does not, where the relationship is concerned, level the playing field between the giant who is the franchisor and those small individual entrepreneurs and small business people across this province who are franchisees.

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario
November 6, 2001

House Debates
Member Statement
Tony Martin, MPP

The Committee of the Whole
2nd session, 37th Parliament
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

FRANCHISE BUSINESSES

Mr Tony Martin (Sault Ste Marie): It's been interesting in this place over the last couple of weeks to sit and watch the back and forth between the member for Hamilton Mountain, Mrs Bountrogianni, the Minister of Consumer and Business Services and the member for Kitchener-Waterloo, Mr Wettlaufer, regarding the issue of franchising.

I hate to be the one standing here saying, "I told you so," but you will all remember that it wasn't that long ago that we did a significant amount of work to regulate franchising in this province, and the government chose at that time the narrowest of approaches. We predicted then that what is actually happening now with Grand and Toy would in fact happen, that if you weren't willing to regulate the relationship, we would continue to have trouble, because no matter what you say, what's there now does not, where the relationship is concerned, level the playing field between the giant who is the franchisor and those small individual entrepreneurs and small business people across this province who are franchisees. So now you have Grand and Toy in mortal combat with their corporate owners.

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You as a government have a responsibility. You dropped the ball when we were passing the regulation. You wouldn't move to regulating the relationship. So now I feel you have a responsibility to step forward and do the mediation that you refused to put in this act, to bring the partners together and to see that small business people and entrepreneurs in this province are duly protected.

This document is a verbatim copy of Hansard, the official record of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. To review the original transcript:
http://www.ontla.on.ca/hansard/house_debates/37_parl/Session2/L063A.htm#P104_11148

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Office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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