de Jong’s call for fair ride sharing consultation rejected by NDP, Greens

VICTORIA – BC Liberal Leadership candidate Mike de Jong said that fairness will be lacking in the MLA committee looking at the future of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft in British Columbia.

Today de Jong introduced an amendment to a motion setting up a committee to review ride sharing.

Both the NDP and Green shot down de Jong’s amendment to make sure the committee look at the impact changes would have on existing taxi licensees and those employed in the taxi industry.

“It’s a pretty basic concept – if you’re going to change the rules of the game you need to talk to those people most impacted by any possible changes,” de Jong said. “Sadly, these changes were rejected by the NDP and Green members. The voice of the taxi industry will be denied in this process.”

De Jong’s motion also suggested that the committee should be able to have more than three days of hearings with expert witnesses if needed.

“I’m not suggesting what the outcome should be. I am arguing that reaching that outcome needs to be fair for all those impacted,” de Jong said. “The NDP and the Greens decided that they want to look at changing the entire passenger transportation industry without looking at the impacts on the people today making a living and supporting families in that industry. That’s wrong.”

The BC Liberal party will hold a leadership convention to announce the new leader on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.


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