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Taxi drivers clog downtown Montreal to protest against industry reforms

Hundreds of angry Montreal taxi drivers slowed traffic along René Lévesque Blvd. at noon Wednesday to protest against the Legault government’s reform of their industry, which they describe as inconsistent and unfair.

Leaving one lane open for city traffic, the drivers congregated in front of the Quebec transport ministry offices on René Lévesque Blvd. to focus attention on their appeal to Premier François Legault to rethink the taxi industry reform before the National Assembly resumes sitting next week.

The drivers are calling for “more equitable” compensation from the government for the value lost on their taxi permits and guarantees that the taxi industry will continue to exist in Quebec.

Since the beginning of the month, taxi drivers in various regions of the province — but not in Montreal — have engaged in a series of rotating strikes to put pressure on the government.

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