NDP Vote to Protect Taxi Drivers in Ontario

On October 29th, both liberal and conservatives MPP’s voted to protect Uber while the NDP voted against Tim Hudak’s proposed legislation, aimed at allowing controversial companies like Uber to continue operating in Ontario.

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QUEEN’S PARK—A few weeks ago, Conservative MPP Tim Hudak with the help of the Liberal Government, passed a bill that allows controversial companies like Uber to continue operating in Ontario.  Hudak named the bill the Opportunity in the Sharing Economy Act, which passed second reading and has been referred to the standing committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

“Taxi and Limousine drivers across my constituency and across Ontario have been very clear about their concerns around Uber and the safety implications it has for the people of this province.  The ride share company Uber doesn't pay HST, which not only means lost revenue for the province and the country but also Uber drivers aren’t claiming the income they make and that's another source of loss of revenue.”

Traditional industries like Taxi and Limousine drivers all collect and pay HST in Ontario. Hudak’s bill does not address how Uber will deal with HST. “We have to ensure that those businesses that are operating are also contributing to the roads that they will be driving on” Singh continued

“With Bill 131, there is still no mechanism in place for taxation and the collection of taxes when it comes to Uber. When you have one regulated industry like taxi and limousine drivers up against another unregulated industry like Uber, it simply unfair and this Liberal government is supporting the status quo by voting for this bill.”

On October 29th, both liberal and conservatives MPP’s voted to protect Uber while the NDP voted against Tim Hudak’s proposed legislation.

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To get access to the full voting record go to:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?locale=en&Date=2015-10-29&detailPage=%2Fhouse-proceedings%2Ftranscripts%2Ffiles_html%2F29-OCT-2015_L114.htm&Parl=41&Sess=1#para1156


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