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Hamilton's War on the Cab DriverIntroduction In order to put the current Uber controversy into some perspective, it is worthwhile examining some of the history of Hamilton's taxi business, going back over the last twenty-five or so years. I will be going largely by memory here, so if anyone disagrees, has better data, or any additions to my report, please feel free to include them in the comments section below. I intend to demonstrate that the government of the City of Hamilton has steadfastly pursued policies which have had the effect of turning a once viable local industry into a weak, divided, angry, dysfunctional mess that was on the verge of collapse long before Uber Cab Inc. was given de facto free-reign to administer the final death blow. Most importantly, it is my aim to show that the people most hurt by government policy are the people whom politicians most sincerely and, in my view, nauseatingly, claim to care about, I.E. the poor, are the ones they harm the most wi…
Toronto Sells Out to a Taxi Company: A Lesson in Crony Capitalism First, let's start with the definition of crony capitalism from Wikepedia: Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism. To continue this exploration, let's imagine there is a new taxi brokerage in town. Let's call it, "Crony International Taxi." The other Toronto taxi brokerages will be called Taxi A-n. (n = 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) Next, we will consult the new taxi brokerage's driver's FAQ, to use Crony International Taxi's own words in describing the tilted playing field John Crony (not his real name,) promised to deliver when he said he was working to "level the playing field," between locally owned and operated t…