Tony Martin and the Ontario Wishart Act

Tony Martin isn’t much to look at.

He’s is the kind of person you pass in the street without noticing: a real no body.

Except for the franchise industry.

He is, in my opinion,  the most feared man in franchising.

Here he is listening to Susan Kezios in Toronto, Canada at the public hearings on March 6, 2000. Ms. Kezios was an expert witness brought in from the American Franchisee Association in Chicago, USA. Her testimony is here.

Martin got the Ontario government to pay to bring Susan in.

And here is Martin with Gillian Hadfield (expert witness testimony). Again, he got the government to bring her in from USC. How he got Bob Runciman to schedule 4 days of public hearings in the first place…well, that’s a great story!

Kezios, Hadfield, Martin: all three are the most successful and the 3 most feared people in franchising.

The winner is one who knows when to drop out in order to get in touch.

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.

Marshall McLuhan 1911 – 1980

One Response to Tony Martin and the Ontario Wishart Act

  1. Carol Cross says:

    There are more than just a “few good men” in politics and Tony Martin appears to be one of them, and should be recognized for his success in producing a “thorn” in the consciousness of the government and the Courts of Ontario
    that resulted in the Ontario Wishart Act.

    While I know you wanted more, Les Stewart, you can be proud that you and and Mr. Martin and others have accomplished at least enough that members of the Canadian Bar believe that the Act is a threat to the superior power of the franchisors and other special interests who are involved in franchising in Ontario, Canada.

    God forbid that the influence of this Act spread to other parts of Canada and to the United States, etc. and that franchisors might be held
    liable for bad faith and bad acts that cheat and exploit their franchisees.


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