When restaurant owners and staff didn't like what Quebec City was serving
Law making restaurant owners keep track of tips wasn't popular with them or their staff
Thirty-five years ago, a new law was requiring the owners to keep track of the tips their employees received and then, accordingly, to make deductions on their paycheques.
Those owners didn't want to do that work and their staff didn't want to report those tips.
That spurred the two groups to stage a one-day demonstration on March 13, 1984, one that drew broad enough support to leave two-thirds of the province's 13,000 restaurants closed until the supper hour that day.
A protest on the lawn of the National Assembly drew 1,500 participants, according to what The Globe and Mail reported the next day.
"Well, I don't like the idea of what they're doing to us," said one protester who spoke to The National, as she and other restaurateurs and servers were riding a bus to the site of the protest.
'Tips are going to be taxed'
Legislators in Quebec City were listening to what the servers and owners were dishing out, apparently.
"The owners say one day and one demonstration is enough and they may be right," the CBC's Tom Kennedy reported on The National.
"Tips are going to be taxed, that's not going to change. The owners just don't want to have to be the ones to keep track of it all and this afternoon, the government said it's ready to negotiate that point."
Indeed, the Quebec government later made changes to the legislation so that restaurant owners did not have to keep tabs on their employees' tips, according what The Canadian Press reported later that year.