March 22, 2016

Uber OUT, TappCar IN: Was Notley NDP cronyism at play in Edmonton shut down?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Remember when Uber, the app based ride sharing company, was shut down on March 1 in Edmonton? They suspended operations at 6 am that morning. 

Uber shut themselves down because the NDP didn’t make new specific ride hailing insurance available to Uber in time to meet the new City of Edmonton ride hailing bylaw conditions requiring that insurance. NDP Transportation Minister, Brian Mason, said the insurance wouldn’t be approved by Alberta’s superintendent of insurance until July 1.

But there is more to the story.

Two weeks later, another ride sharing company moved in, a company named TappCar. They are also app based. TappCar has a way around the insurance requirements for the City of Edmonton. They buy their driver’s personal vehicles for a dollar and then insure them under fleet insurance.

I’ve uncovered some close relationships between TappCar and the NDP. Watch the video to see just how deep those ties are.

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commented 2016-05-24 14:04:04 -0400
Their is lots of blame to go around both civic and provincial wise as far as manipulating this industry. Not only are their more bandit taxis on the street now but it seems on the street laissez “fare” is the way of the future.
commented 2016-03-23 21:10:05 -0400
Manipulators! And these cronies must be known by the public! Thank you Sheila! We rely on your true reports of the evil of this NDP’s!
commented 2016-03-23 18:16:51 -0400
They are so open minded and transparent that their brains have fallen out,and everyone can see what their thinking and doing !!
commented 2016-03-23 16:06:26 -0400
Daryl Herman, I have always been a strong proponent of the concept that the free market determines who gets what portion of the “pie”. Competition forces better service. Better service offers its rewards in more of the “pie.” Once the government gets its’ sticky fingers into it and picks winners and losers we all suffer.
commented 2016-03-23 10:54:45 -0400
They are crony capitalists and want to pick who they want the winners to be. A contrast to real capitalism, where someone in the private sector risks their time and money, to make a go of a business venture. Any time the government has their sticky fingers in business, corruption abounds! This will be another nail in the NDP coffin.
commented 2016-03-22 22:43:54 -0400
Frckin’ Lefty’s rage on how much they despise Capitalism, but the truth is, they’re just jealous and want in, as their actions make clear.

The Lefty followers, the useful idiots, are so bloody clueless they’ll actually cheer a move like this, as if somehow it’s gotten rid of the dirty capitalist, when in fact, it doesn’t get any dirtier than this. Or to the fact that under such regimes, the cost is always higher and the service never as good.

There has to be something illegal in there when it’s not at arms length. I mean, you can’t be a lobbyist for x number of years after working for Gov, so how can it be ok to do this? Sometimes, in law, they’ll accept using a similar law not intended for such use, if there’s nothing covering it specifically. I’ll have to ask around, try to find something of use!
commented 2016-03-22 22:06:00 -0400
Alberta’s getting a taste of how business operates in Quebec and Ontario
commented 2016-03-22 20:41:57 -0400
I don’t believe in monopolies – but a pie can only be cut into so many “satisfying” servings – cut into too many pieces just gives everyone crumbs and discontent. Having done the taxi-driver thing I know what happens when competition is so great that nobody makes ago of it! Everyone goes home broke – but isn’t that the goal of the NDPiggers? People just need to boycott this TappCar – they will soon gain some understanding of business!
commented 2016-03-22 20:29:04 -0400
Here in Manitoba, the Liberal party is making it their platform to allow Uber here.
commented 2016-03-22 20:10:15 -0400
Rod Hailey – most of us smelled the stench the night of the election. Follow the money trail….it will lead to the NDP. It is a toss who is more corrupt, the NDP or liberals.
commented 2016-03-22 19:24:51 -0400
I think Albertans are slowly beginning to experience the stench that is a dipper government…and it’s just begun!
commented 2016-03-22 19:15:04 -0400
The sequence of events seem awfully coincidental. That is for sure.

And to think that TappCar, a company so closely affiliated with the NDP just by sheer chance just happened o be in the right place at the right time. Wow, such luck! No, how could anyone in their left mind think that this is anything but sheer happenstance?
commented 2016-03-22 19:09:37 -0400
John Landry commented 28 mins ago
“Wow! Parts of Canada are becoming a banana republic!”

John, come join us in the Peace region – we don’t grow “bananas” here – only people with balls dare live in this country! LOL!
commented 2016-03-22 19:06:45 -0400
Brian Mason is a CROOK who should be sitting in jail! …but then again so should most of the NDPiggers.
Really hope no one uses this TappCar thingy – but just watch – they more than likely will be given -yes GIVEN Alberta government contracts. Watch closely. All honest cabbies should run these guys off the road!
Sounds kinda rash eh? Well anyone having experience with Union & NDP bullying techniques understands that these thugs only respond to brute force. …and they whimper like little puppies when beat! I have a heart for puppies – but not for these thugs.
commented 2016-03-22 18:38:12 -0400
Wow! Parts of Canada are becoming a banana republic!
commented 2016-03-22 18:35:54 -0400
I hope nobody uses it!
commented 2016-03-22 18:27:12 -0400
Time to call up the hackers and take down the tapp-car pile of shit.
commented 2016-03-22 18:26:44 -0400
This is what makes Canada such a piece of shit.

If this were the US, the lawsuits would be flying. Notley would get stopped.

Instead we have big gummamint running webapps run by gummamint monkeys.

You chose this pig Alberta and now you get the Notley financial raping for 3+ more years.

Enjoy folks.
commented 2016-03-22 18:15:03 -0400
Well Sheila, I think the way you connected the dots provides me with the answer to your headliner question. Not to mention the picture drawn by that dot connection is pretty ugly. One thing about the Non-Democratic Party is they said they would have more open transparent government. They certainly are transparent in their corrupt cronyism and they openly demonstrate they give a copulated rodent’s backside about it.