Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust says Uber and its drivers will have to pay their fair share of taxes if the ride-hailing service is allowed to remain in operation in the province.
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Daoust said that would include back taxes on revenue generated to date since Uber arrived in Quebec.
"We're talking 300,000 transactions and that's a lot of money that should be taxed," he said, referring to figures used by Uber.
Daoust's assertion came at the start of hearings Thursday before a National Assembly committee that's looking at the future of the province's taxi industry, including ways to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber.
Daoust said he plans to request that Uber provide information on its revenues, including payments made to its drivers.
"I have the right to ask — are you ready to provide this information," he said.
Daoust said both the company and its drivers have a responsibility to declare their revenues.
The province was prepared to take legal action if necessary in order to recover unpaid taxes, Daoust said.