The Green Party will introduce ride-sharing legislation in the coming months, opening the door for companies like Uber to operate legally on roads in British Columbia. However, the party is not ruling in the province, and the legislation will undoubtedly put pressure on the governing NDP.
Throughout Canada, the traditional taxi industry has attempted to stop Uber’s expansion, but failed. In B.C., the industry says ride-sharing threatens jobs. Amrik Mahil, president Blacktop and Checker Cabs, says the NDP should remember how the taxi industry helped the party reach power in B.C.
"Quite clearly, about four seats are attributed to the taxi industry and trucking," Mahil said, warning the party will not enjoy the same success in the next election if the interests of cabbies aren't looked after.
"They know what will happen to them next time. They won't form a government and they know that."
Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver has been vocal about the need for Uber to enter the province, especially in Vancouver, which remains the largest city in North America without any ride-sharing service.
"The government cannot stick its head in the sand when it comes to new technology," he said in a statement.
The B.C. liberals, the previous government in the province, also supports the introduction.