March 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Public hearings into the franchise relationship. Four days of traveling public hearings: Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa and London. Ontario, Canada. Traveling public hearing: extremely rare, if not unheard of, under the Mike Harris government.
Approved by the former Ontario Minister Robert Runciman over a beer with Tony Martin at the Queen’s Park members’ bar. Two men who share a love of democracy as expressed in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
- 35 life stories told in 20 minute chunks to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bill.
- 4 expert witnesses given 45 minutes (John Sotos lawyer, Susan Kezios franchisee expert, Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield scholar and Richard Cunningham franchisor advocate).
- and me, Les Stewart, franchisee advocate.
I had the tremendous honour of traveling throughout Ontario as before these life stories were twisted into the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000. I seemed to have made an impression on the politicians.
Of the current MPPs (107), I know 29 of them. One Minister since I was 17 years old. 45 minutes from my house to their House.
It happened once.
It can happen again.
— The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, looking north to the main doors, University Avenue, Toronto Ontario