Section 4, Right to Associate, Ontario, Canada’s Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) 2000.
As sure as water flows downhill, this will lead to franchisee-led, not lawyer-thwarted:
- trademark-specific WordPress weblog (then a Wikidot.com wiki),
- small groups of franchisees commissioning research (sharing cost information),
- non-lawyer franchise expert coach consulting,
- an independent franchisee association (no franchise bar involvement),
- shared services, supply co-operative(s),
- non-franchise bar case preparation, and
- equity and gross margin protection.
The Right to Associate provision (the de facto CDN standard and what all franchisees in the world aspire to for justice) is one last conceptual obstacle preventing franchisees from taking their appropriate seat at the adult’s table.
Proof?: after 14-15 years, the CDN franchise bar has filtered each attempt to plead Right to Associate (trial and appeal), thereby, defeating the ON justices from activating its potential.
Cross-posted on the Canadian Alliance of Franchise Operators website (CDNafo.ca)