'I don't care if Uber leaves Quebec,' says Montreal mayor

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Ride-hailing company Uber says it will cease operating in Quebec on October 14, if the province doesn't rescind new rules introduced last week. But those discussions followed a series of public splits within the Quebec Liberal government over whether Über could co-exist with the province's taxi industry.

The stage seemed to be set for some kind of push back from Über last Friday, after Quebec Transport minister Laurent Lessard announced the new conditions, describing them as merely an extension of a year-old pilot project permitted under the current rules.

Guillemette said the company it isn't willing to comply with new regulations imposed by the Quebec government.

That threat became a reality, when Uber CEO Jean-Nicolas Guillemette announced Tuesday that the ridesharing service will pull out of the province on October 14.

"This is the beauty of the Uber platform _ it's the flexibility that the driver-partners have to come and go and decide when they want to drive", Guillemette said. He called it a "deal breaker".

"I am very surprised that a big company, a big multinational like Uber, can't find a way to use its application to train its drivers", Lessard told a news conference in Quebec City.

"We can negotiate with them, but not on the basis of those two things", Gaudreault said.

The move affects Quebec cities including Montreal, the country's second-largest city, and Quebec City.

The La Presse report, citing unnamed sources, says the announcement of Uber's departure could come as early as Tuesday, and had been decided by the service's head office in San Francisco last weekend.

Uber wasn't opposed to the background check changes, but Guillemette said the training requirement was not possible.

The case was brought by an association of Barcelona taxi drivers which argued that Uber engaged in unfair competition with its UberPOP service - which used unlicensed drivers.

"I know a lot of drivers who are quitting Uber", he said.

Last week, London said it would not be renewing Uber's operating license that expires on September 30, because it was not "fit and proper" to continue doing business in that city.

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