The most recent attention over Winnipeg's taxi situation has summoned some interesting memories.
In 1986, the Free Press
captured a moment at the Manitoba Legislature that I have framed and hung in my house.Then Workplace and Safety Minister Gerard Lecuyer
is standing at the top of the grand staircase in the Legislature, surrounded by a ring of TV cameras, who are in turn surrounded by several hundred cab drivers. (As noted by a reader, the protest was in response to concerns about a murdered cab driver, and whether the province was doing enough to ensure the safety of other hacks. It was not about expanding licences.) It is a fantastic photo, one that captures the raw power of democracy (whether you agree with the protest or not) and the burden faced by all politicians.I have to wonder whether we'll see another such protest if the Taxi Board decides to consider expanding the number of licences, as it has said it is considering in this story.
Winnipeg remains, for those of us lucky enough to visit other cities, the only city of its size or larger where you can't walk out on to a downtown street to hail a cab. Quite frankly, that's just not civilized.Stay tuned.*****A contest? Why not.I've compiled a decent pile of political books over the last year. You'll get your pick of the litter if you can identify the person in the above photo who in the years gollowing went on to find some fame and some fortune by penning a screenplay for a Hollywood movie.
- Hint 1: Clicking on the photo will give you a much larger image. Click it again and it will get even larger.
- Hint 2: He has a really bad late-80s stache going.
Best of luck.