February 10, 2016 10:31 am
Updated: February 10, 2016 7:40 pm

Montreal taxi drivers protest Uber by blocking airport

WATCH: Yet another Canadian city has played host to a public protest from cabbies over Uber. Mike Armstrong shows you what happened in Montreal, and explains why Toronto taxi drivers decided to postpone their latest demonstration.

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

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Dozens of cabs lined up outside Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

A spokesperson 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.

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Other protests are 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 the upcoming legislative inquiry into the taxi industry.

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

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