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Montreal taxi drivers target airport as part of Uber protest
Quebec branch of the United Steelworkers union wants to pressure government into forcing Uber to stop operating

Montreal taxi and limousine drivers targeted the city’s airport Wednesday as part of their protest against against Uber.

A statement by the taxi industry said 800 cab drivers and owners were headed to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

No flights were disrupted by the protest.

A spokesman for the cabbies, Benoit Jugand, said Uber is allowed to operate at the airport, even though the taxi industry has a $2.5-million contract with the agency that runs the facility.

”We have to send a mesaage: Uber is not welcome in Quebec,” Jugand told a news conference at the airport. ”We have laws that are clear and we want them to be respected…The people who work in the taxi industry, mothers and fathers, are people who respect laws.

”We hope the premier understands the message we’re sending today. Because, if not, they (the protests) will continue and be bigger each time.

Other protests were set for elsewhere in the city later in the day.

The Quebec branch of the United Steelworkers union, which represents many Montreal taxi drivers, wants to pressure the province into forcing Uber to stop operating during upcoming legislative inquiry into the taxi industry.

Last week the Quebec government announced it would create a commission to look into ways of integrating new technological entrants into the highly regulated taxi business.

Taxi drivers say the government hasn’t done enough to clamp down on Uber drivers, who they say have been undercutting fares and operating outside the law.

On this day, in 1972, Pierre Trudeau was sworn-in as Prime Minister of Canada (the second of four terms) in Rideau Hall, Ottawa. A little less than 43 years, later, his first-born son, Justin Trudeau, was himself sworn-in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada in Rideau Hall.

In this picture, taken in 1973, Prime Minister Trudeau is carrying Justin to Rideau Hall. Little did he know then, that his son would walk, quite literally, in his footsteps.


This famous moment came up during lunch today at work and I had to share it with everyone. The response, “just watch me” from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has become lore in Canada but there is more to this particular interview than meets the eye. Notice how Trudeau is not reciting pre-written talking points. He is actually having a conversation with the reporter, and the reporter is actually having a conversation with Trudeau.

The line lasts seconds. But this seven minute exchange between the Prime Minister and a journalist contains the thoughts of the government, the concerns of the citizens and the overall approach of Trudeau himself. It is not a stage for Trudeau to sell a particular angel to Canadians. It is not a gotcha moment for the reporter (although the “just watch me” line did make headlines across the country). It was an exchange. And one that Canadians do not have the benefit of getting from politicians today.

Yes, I think the society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power in this country and I think that goes to any distance. So long as there is a power in here which is challenging the elected representative of the people I think that power must be stopped and I think it’s only, I repeat, weak-kneed bleeding hearts who are afraid to take these measures.