Martel supports Canadian Style Plan for Country Style Dispute

“Withdrawing the court application to send in the police, would be a very good place to start.”

News Release
December 19, 2001

Martel supports Canadian Style Plan for Country Style Dispute
Shelley Martel, MPP


SUDBURY – Nickel Belt MPP Shelley Martel today called on the Conservative government to quickly adopt and implement a 4-point plan to peacefully resolve the ugly dispute between Country Style Donuts corporation and some 40 of its franchise operators located in Sudbury 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.” Martel said.

The 4 -point Canadian Style peace plan, developed by NDP MPP Tony Martin, sets out the following:

1.) Country Style Corporate headquarters will follow the law. The Ontario Arthur Wishart Act requires franchisors 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 withdraws its court application for the police to close the stores and lockout the legal franchise owners. “Sending in the police is not the Canadian way,” Martel said.
3.) The Ontario Government will commission a forensic audit to assess the validity of the financial information being used to justify the closure of the franchise operations.
4.) Ontario Consumer and Business Services Minister Norman Sterling will recruit a neutral third party, acceptable to both sides, to mediate this dispute between the corporate headquarters and the more than 40 Country Style franchisees.

Martel also released a copy of a letter sent today to Minister Sterling asking him to support the Canadian Style 4 -Point Plan.

”If the Minister would endorse this Plan, it would go a long way to resolving this dispute,” noted Martel.

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

For further information contact the Constituency Office at (705) 969-5072

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