In the spring of 2000, a committee of the Ontario, Canada government held public hearings to see if there was a need for our first franchise law.
This was the stated reason. The real reason was the franchise industry wanted a weak law [McLaw] to bolster their shady reputation. Big Franchising gets what it wants from governments.
I gave expert witness testimony [.pdf] to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills. We had 4 full days of traveling hearings with about 40 witnesses in total.
I tagged along with the 13 provincial politicians as an unpaid industry resource ot a member, Mr. Tony Martin from Sault Ste Marie.
In the next little while, I will be bringing forward some of the testimonies that I found compelling.
I would encourage everyone in Australia to contribute to the national inquiry.
- When I was asked if I had one wish, what would I wish for. This is the answer I gave: Outlaw gag orders. Outlaw gag orders.
“Agreements” and Tactical Litigation
- Confidentiality agreements are almost always coerced. In many cases, the value of any dispute settlement is largely in silencing the individual to avoid piling on [many other similar claims coming forward].
- Franchisee dissenters are increasingly becoming the target for lawsuits designed simply to stop them from communicating [especially on the internet] by driving them into economic poverty.
I am not alone in thinking that silencing people is an evil independent of any other act. The greatest lies are told by those unable to speak.
Well has it been said that there is no grief like the grief which does not speak. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Servants should not only show a servile disposition, but it is quite as imperative that they should show a trained conformity to the canons of conspicuous subservience. Thorstein Veblen
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes & cry that it is dark. Swami Vivekananda
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. John Stuart Mill
It is the nature of slavery to render its victims so abject that at last, fearing to be free, they multiply their own chains. You can liberate a freeman, but you cannot liberate a slave. Jawaharlal Nehru