Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s stand against Uber was simply calculated self-interest

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

You could almost hear the cheers when Uber and Lyft, after much delay, started picking up passengers in B.C.’s Lower Mainland last week. But that didn’t stop Doug McCallum, Surrey’s contrarian mayor, from launching a politically motivated war against ride-hailing in his city. Mr. McCallum ran against ride-hailing in his 2014 unsuccessful election campaign, which earned him the endorsement of five taxi companies. He’s since softened his stand, saying he has nothing against ride-hailing so long as there is a level playing field for taxi companies. When ride-hailing started, he believed it was not, so began to erect roadblocks.