August 16, 2015 10:55 am
Updated: August 17, 2015 1:02 pm

Couillard open to legalizing Uber-style taxis

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WATCH ABOVE: Despite staunch opposition from the taxi industry, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he is open to the idea of legalizing Uber-type platforms.

MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appears to be open to the idea of legalizing Uber-X service — something vehemently opposed by the taxi industry.

Uber-X isn’t regulated by the province, and its drivers don’t have taxi permits.

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At their weekend meeting in Shawinigan, members of the Quebec Liberal party’s youth wing passed a resolution supporting “new practices” stemming from a “new sharing economy.”

Couillard says he agrees these kinds of services are “a good idea” provided all participants are treated fairly.

Until now, Quebec Transport Minister Robert Poeti appeared lukewarm to the idea of legalizing Uber-style platforms.

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Poeti said its drivers don’t pay taxes to the province, and he doubts the company’s directors want to be governed by Quebec’s laws.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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