If you haven’t hear of Uber yet, here’s the quick low-down: it’s an app that allows car owners to use their vehicles as taxis.
The way it works is, when someone needs a ride, they check the app on their phones to see what drivers are close by. They select the closest one and then their credit card gets charged by Uber, who in turn deposits the sum into the driver’s account.
So far, it’s proving a success.
The drivers are proving to be friendlier than the average cabbie, the prices are better, and the vehicles are better kept than the average taxi.
And the more word spreads about Uber, the more blood-loss the conventional cab industry suffers.
Since Uber hit the scene, Canada’s cab companies have been mobilizing together to mount an offensive.
They’re presently launching a PR campaign aimed at selling the general public why their option…the more expensive, poorly serviced, inefficient, monopolized (up until now anyhow) option is the best one to choose.
We know this song well in Quebec.
The taxi companies need only look at the sovereignist movement to know that they are in very, very serious shit.
For years now, the separatists have watched on helplessly as their movement recedes.
They’ve banded their many support groups and lobbies together many times over those years to assemble committees on sovereignty, studies on sovereignty, brainstorm sessions on sovereignty, community picnics for sovereignty…ad naseum.
“Why won’t they listen to us?” they sniffle as each event draws lower and lower turnouts.
The answer is simply that the sovereignist option is the equivalent of the rude, rip-off artist cabbie driving around in a taxi full of puke and other miscellaneous bodily fluids.
You cannot sell the public what it DOES NOT want.
It’s the number one rule of business.
When Henry Ford presented the motorized car, buggy makers and horsewhip manufacturers had to figure out a new game plan.
Same for anyone involved in the typewriter industry – when the word processor became common place.
The public voted en masse with their dollars for the word processor and the motorized vehicle.
How is Quebec’s political landscape any different?
We all know that the sovereignist movement is heavily linked with the socialist movement – it’s one of their prime arguments for separation…that a “free” Quebec would show the labour sector more love than Canada.
THIS is the independent Quebec the Parti Quebecois wants to sell you:
…is it really any wonder that Quebec’s taxpayers voted en masse for austerity?
See, austerity is only a bad word if you’re on the receiving end of the measure.
Public sector workers, while there are more of them per capita in Quebec than in most other jurisdictions, still only make up a minority of the province’s population, which of course means that the majority of the province’s tax payers stand to benefit from austerity in the long term.
Take a close look at that picture…if you live somewhere urban, you’ve seen this scene many times before.
We all have sympathy for the Andrés of those groups.
But man, oh man, do we ever loathe all those lazy schleps who stand by idly, soaking up our tax dollars. We seethe as we drive by the scene on our way to our private sector jobs, where the same behaviour would see us fired in a New York minute.
Well, the day of reckoning has finally arrived.
The Liberals, as with most of the electorate, have woken up to the fact that we don’t need even 50% of the people on the public payroll.
These people are the buggy makers, the typewriter repairmen and soon, the taxi drivers who no longer offer anything of value to the market and are clinging to their jobs for a myriad of reasons – fear of the unknown (especially if they’ve had their jobs all their lives), pride or fear of having to conform to the ways of the private sector.
It’s the same story with the leaders of the separatist movement…they know that if this base of their movement erodes, it’ll be the total end of their movement for this generation.
Over the past year, they attempted to sell the public la Charte des Valeurs. Only the bottom of Quebec’s barrel bought that loathsome product.
And to think – they are trying to sell their Charte at a time when Quebec is suffering from a massive brain drain.
I have a little treat for you if you’re in the mood to have your blood boil – look at that picture of the construction workers one more time...then read this.
Kinda makes you want to throw something at the wall doesn’t it?
But wait…there’s more!
Click here to listen to the infamous union goon, Rambozo, in all his vulgar Hochelagan anti-eloquence plead with the mayor of Sept-Îles to help keep even more workers on artificial respiration, whether we actually need them or not.
And this is why no one is crying for the people Rambozo represents anymore.
The Tribe Has Spoken
To borrow from the show Survivor, the tribe has spoken:
“Hey separatists, we don’t need (or want) you any more.”
Like cockroaches however, the seps will not move on – they continue forward with their efforts until the public repeatedly refutes them at the ballot box, with each new turn more disastrous than the next.
Should any sepias be reading, here is a parting tip – before his passing, Steve Jobs had a strategy of killing products at the apex of their popularity. He did this to create a voracious appetite in Apple customers. Sometimes, he’d kill a popular product before it had run for a full year. Obviously, it worked.
Point is, the Parti Quebecois has had a whopping 40 years to make it’s goal a reality and even at the very apex of the sovereignist movement’s popularity, the public still didn’t buy.