Tony Martin Announces Canadian Style Plan for Country Style Dispute

“The ball is now in the court of the government and Country Style Donuts. The next move is up to them,” Martin said. “Withdrawing the court application to send the police in would be a very good place to start.”

News Release
December 18, 2001

Tony Martin Announces Canadian Style Plan for Country Style Dispute
Tony Martin, MPP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAULT STE. MARIE – Tony Martin, NDP MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, stood in front of Country Style Donuts on Great Northern road today to unveil his four point plan to bring a peaceful resolution to the simmering Country Style Donuts dispute threatening a confrontation between corporate headquarters and close to 40 franchise operators in the Sault and across Ontario.

“The livelihood of franchise operators and their families is at stake, there is a confrontation brewing and we need action now to resolve this peacefully and in the best interests of all concerned,” Martin said.

Martin’s four point Canadian Style peace plan set out that:

1) Country Style Corporate headquarters conduct themselves according to the law. The Ontario Arthur Wishart Act requires franchisor’s to “act in accordance with reasonable commercial standards” and to live up to its “duty of fair dealing in its performance enforcement.”

2) Country Style withdraw their court application seeking direction to the Police to close the stores and lockout the legal franchise owners. “Sending in the police is not the Canadian way,” Martin said.

3) The Ontario Government commission a forensic audit to assess the validity of the financial information being used to justify the closure of the franchise operations, and

4) Ontario Consumer and Business Services Minister Norman Sterling recruit a neutral third party, acceptable to both sides, to mediate this dispute between the corporate headquarters and the more than 40 County Style franchisees.

Standing outside the Great Northern Road Country Style Donuts in Sault Ste. Marie, the NDP MPP released a copy of a letter sent today to Minster Sterling asking him to support the Canadian Style Four Point Peace Plan.

“If the Minister would give his blessing to the plan I have recommended, Martin said, “it would go a long way to bring about a solution to this dispute.”

Martin says that Country Style franchisees support his proposal.

“The ball is now in the court of the government and Country Style Donuts. The next move is up to them,” Martin said. “Withdrawing the court application to send the police in would be a very good place to start.”

Contact:
Tony Martin, MPP
Sault Ste. Marie
705-949-6959 tel


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