WATCH: Cab drivers bully passengers, bash cars with sticks as Ottawa taxi wars escalate

Already feeling threatened by Uber, unionized Ottawa taxi drivers are also engaged in a complicated fight with their dispatchers and the Blue Line company. It’s a government bureaucracy on wheels.

  • David Murrell

    Good piece by Ezra. Ezra notes the crooked, city-government-controlled Blue Line monopoly. I have taken a few rides with Blue Line, and the cab rides are way overprced, and the (mostly Muslim) drivers drive dangerously . Here in Fredericton — which fosters competition amongst five or six cab companies — a comparable cab ride costs about 50% less.

  • jayme

    Ottawa has a muslim population of around 120,000 this is why Ottawa/cops etc refuse to do anything.

  • canminuteman

    The cabbies are almost exclusively muslim. Let the fight it out. I have probably only taken a cab a few dozen times in my life,and would not miss a world without them.

    • mobuyus

      What about their human shields…I mean children?

  • chayisun

    I wonder if this heroic yelling probably muslim cab driver who was threatening a young girl about using a Uber vehicle would do the same to a male person? I would assume not. Typical of these thugs. Act like a big shot in front of a timid female.

    Just another coward.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    It’s just as bad as going to a submarine sandwich place.
    Some subways I have been in are run by lesbians who look like they’d rather stab you than take your order.
    And mister subs are worse.

  • Ed

    Years ago I was doing some work with a Union head in Ottawa that looked after this local. He pretty much said they’re nuts. The Muslim “excitability” made holding even routine Union meetings impossible. Within minutes, chairs were flying.

  • BillyHW

    Now that we don’t need cab drivers anymore, can we ship them all back to where they came from?