It’s the next chapter in the war between the City of Calgary and Uber. A candid video of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi using Lyft, a ridesharing company similar to Uber, has surfaced, in which he has some not so nice words about the company.
Nenshi can be heard calling Uber and its CEO “dicks.” He also tells the driver of his ride that the city of Calgary sent people with known criminal pasts to sign up to drive for Uber. Calgary city councilor Evan Wooley said he didn’t know the city did that.
“I had not heard that, so we have a council meeting on Monday,” he said “There will be the opportunity for the mayor to answer those questions for himself. I don’t know.”
Political scientist Duane Bratt says Nenshi will have a lot of explaining to do when he gets back to Calgary.
“He referred to the CEO of Uber as a dick and, I think more worrisome, was he was suggesting that city council had recruited sex offenders and other criminals to apply to be Uber drivers.”
In the video Nenshi can be heard saying those people made it past Uber’s background checks, calling that a red flag.
In a statement to 630 CHED Uber spokesperson Jean-Christophe de Le Rue says “it’s disappointing to see Mayor Nenshi stoop to name calling. We hope this can give way to a more constructive conversation that benefits the riders and drivers of Calgary.”
de Le Rue goes on to say that Uber’s background checks use RCMP and local police databases, the standard check used by many national and provincial organizations.
Nenshi has not commented on the videos. (kb/newstalk770)