Ontario Premier Scolds Small Business Owners — Bully Tactics to be Sole Domain of Governments

Premier Wynne-FNT-SmallTORONTO – The premier of Ontario had harsh words on Thursday for the owners of a Tim Hortons’ coffee franchise. She accused them of bullying their staff by reducing employee benefits to cut costs, and wants them to reverse the decision.

As the head of the government of Canada’s wealthiest province, the premier apparently saw no irony in personally attacking the owners of a small-business who were taking steps to try and mitigate a 20% minimum wage hike imposed on Ontario businesses by the province.

The premier is apparently under the assumption that small-business franchise owners have the unlimited wherewithal of a government to fund their operations. The assumption is ostensibly being made because the owners in this case, who are being called “heirs” by the media, happen to be the children of the original Tim Horton franchise founders.

As one of the founders died in 1974, and the other one is still living, there is no evidence to suggest that the franchise owners are any wealthier than any other small business owner faced with a 20% wage hike, a cost that has been forced upon them by government.

The Ontario premier would seem to have it that tough, top-down decisions related to business, that might be considered bullying by some, are to remain the sole province of the Province. Source: FNT Staff  

Photo credit: Original images at: Financial Post, CBC News