Staging the Olympic Games nearly bankrupted the Canadian city of Montreal. Many are making easy?
Staging the Olympic Games nearly bankrupted the Canadian city of Montreal. Many are making easy money while the Games are on with the city filled with tourists and sports fans. The city's taxi drivers feel they're not getting enough of the easy money, and have made their feelings known with dramatic effect.
SYNOPSIS: They say that transport organised for Olympic officials is taking away 50 dollars (28.24 sterling), a day in fares from each of them. There's over a thousand official cars. Over six thousand journalists have free passes for the city's brand new Metro underground train service and there's a complete route system of free bus serviced.
The taxi drivers took their grievances to the streets where they say the problem is. Montrealers soon began to get the message.
They want justice for taxis. Many of the owner drivers have to earn at least 20 dollars a day before they start to show a profit on their cabs and all are claiming that they are having their worst ever summer.
The scene is a familiar one for the police. The taxi drivers did a similar thing to protest against new regulations recently also tying up the city's traffic. Of course it wasn't long before the cars got as overheated as the drivers. The taxi drivers' demonstration took place around the city centre and Olympic sites.
Eventually it was too much for one policeman who decided to cool things officially. The taxi drivers amy have a point. One young student who's driving an official Olympic car says he expected to clear 2,500 dollars (1413 Sterling) during the Games. But despite the chaos horse cabs are doing great business as usual.