Mayor Naheed Nenshi has issued a statement after a video of him taking an Uber like service called Lyft in Boston and sharing some not so pleasant words about Uber surfaced on Friday.
Nenshi issued the statement late Saturday.
In the candid video the mayor says the City sent people to sign up to be Uber drivers, specifically people with a criminal history. He says they passed Uber’s background check which was a red flag for him.
Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley says he’s unaware of that happening.
“I had not heard that so I mean, I think maybe, we have a council meeting on Monday, there’ll be the opportunities for the mayor to answer those questions for himself so I don’t know”.
He noted that if that’s the case, it would be “concerning”.
In the video Nenshi repeatedly calls Uber and it’s CEO “dicks”.
In an email to News Talk 770 Jean-Christophe De Le Rue, spokesperson for Uber Canada 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.”
He added that the background check used by uber searches RCMP and local police databases and that is is a national standard check used by many national and provincial organizations.
Duane Bratt, Political Scientist at Mount Royal also weighed in on the issue. He says he believes the mayor was unaware that this conversation was being made public.
“In the process of doing so he referred to the CEO of Uber as a dick and I think more worrisome, he was suggesting that City Council recruited sex offenders and other criminals apply to be Uber Drivers”.