For the Record: re Franchise Meeting

Earlier this morning, Ministry staff were forced to confront Mr. Stewart…At no time did the Ministry have any plans to discuss the Country Style concerns, in part because the issue was new to the Ministry as of this weekend and is distinct from the Grand and Toy matter.

News Release
December 17, 2001

For the Record: re Franchise Meeting
Ministry of Consumer and Business Services
Hon. Norm Sterling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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TORONTO – This afternoon, in a pres release entitled “Country Style Donuts: Minister cancels meeting,” Les Stewart of the “Canadian Alliance of Franchise Operators” issued a press release claiming that the office of the Minister of Consumer and Business Services had cancelled a meeting with him and two Grand and Toy franchisees.

On the weekend, Mr. Stewart also told Toronto Star reporter Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew that “The Alliance plans to meet with Consumer and Business Services Minister Norm Sterling on Monday to discuss the Country Style action.” CBC radio and other media outlets aired similar reports.

In truth, Mr. Sterling had scheduled a meeting with Grand and Toy franchise owners to discuss the concerns of over two dozen G & T franchisees. Mr. Stewart’s attendance at that meeting was considered peripheral to its purpose, which was to offer the franchisees an opportunity to discuss their issues with the Minister.

Earlier this morning, Ministry staff were forced to confront Mr. Stewart to clarify just what he thought the meeting was about. When asked about his remarks to the Star, Mr. Stewart described the remark in the Toronto Star as a “misrepresentation” of what he had said, despite the fact that his release this afternoon makes it clear that he intended to discuss both issues at the expense of time intended for actual franchisees on a long-standing issue. At no time did the Ministry have any plans to discuss the Country Style concerns, in part because the issue was new to the Ministry as of this weekend and is distinct from the Grand and Toy matter.

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For the record, Minister Sterling met with a franchise holder for the Grand and Toy at College Park this afternoon, as scheduled. A meeting with a second Grand and Toy franchise holder was being scheduled well before Mr. Stewart’s release was issued.

“The meeting with one Grand and Toy franchisee today was informative for me and, I hope, productive for the franchise holder. I am happy to have more meetings directly with franchisees and franchisors in the future, but we must approach these issues with great care as they are before the courts.” Minister Sterling said.

Contact:
Brian Kelcey
Press Secretary
(416) 326-3001

Disponible en francais

For more information visit www.cbs.gov.on.ca

This news release was available at: http://www.cbs.gov.on.ca/mcbs/english/news_releases.htm
It has since been removed from the Ministry’s information archive.


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