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Saskatchewan, Canada: not in my cab!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 8, 2013

Canadian radio talk show personality John Gormley recently discussed a troubling issue in the rapidly growing multicultural mecca of Saskatchewan—cab drivers who will not allow the blind with guide dogs to ride in their cabs.

Here’s what I don’t get, why does some radio talk show guy, described as a rightwinger who says provocative things, have to begin his opinion piece with a paean to multiculturalism and how wonderful the immigrant transformation is for Saskatchewan?  Is it what he believes, or a nod to political correctness?  Frankly, it sounds rather mealy-mouthed!  Is that how one must speak in Canada?

John Gormley at the Leader-Post (emphasis mine):

Radio host Gormley a proponent of immigration to Saskatchewan where a transformation is underway!
Photo: Michelle Berg , The StarPhoenix

As a proponent of immigration to Saskatchewan – a great place too long undiscovered by the rest of the world – a transformation has been underway, as people from here and newcomers alike, discover and develop immense opportunities.

Beyond record population growth, we are also experiencing an evolution in culture, the arts and the ethnic makeup of our communities.

But, but, but….

And with a large influx of people, particularly from varied ethnic groups, come some challenges of tolerance.

There’s the story of Saskatonian Mike Simmonds, who encounters problems trying to take taxicabs with his guide dog.

Simmonds, known as the blind comedian, is a gentle and polite guy loathe to point fingers, but he alludes to “certain taxi drivers” reluctant to transport dogs in their cabs – guide dogs or otherwise.

On my radio show, after speaking with Simmonds, we heard from Gerry Nelson of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), who makes the point bluntly: more than ever lately, he’s been experiencing refusals of service for having a guide dog.

But, surely if Canadian law is explained to the drivers they will want to respect those laws!


This is easily fixable by informing new employees and explaining the law and policy.

Oops!  Not so fast!

The second scenario is more troublesome: certain new immigrants, for religious or cultural reasons, have decided that the law doesn’t apply to them.  [Surprise!—ed]

The CNIB’s Nelson spoke of taxi company managers trying to assist, but admitting that some of their drivers were openly refusing to accommodate guide dogs and their blind owners.

These taxi drivers are of the Muslim faith and strictly adhere to Hadith, the translations of the deeds and sayings of the prophet Muhammad, some of which are interpreted as decreeing that dogs are unclean and should be killed.

Gormley goes on to discuss an interview with a ‘moderate’ Muslim I suppose in order to hold out hope to readers  that the little  misunderstanding of the Hadiths will soon be cleared-up so they can go on with diversifying the Canadian heartland.

Click here to read our previous 121 posts about problems Canada is having with immigration.

5 Responses to “Saskatchewan, Canada: not in my cab!”

  1. […] and plus a story with a Canadian twist from the province of Saskatchewan] […]


  2. Jewel said

    Ann, you have to understand the amount of eggshells people like this have to walk on because of Canada’s vile Human Rights Councils – usually one or two always angry and offended liberal white busybodies. You can go to jail for anything that might be perceived as incitement, racist, homophobic or anti-multi-culti. Ezra Levant found this out, Mark Steyn was sued for something he’d written, and there are countless nobodies who, because they are poor nobodies, have been sent to prison or had their life savings confiscated and are forever monitored by the HRCs in case they might deign to say something that offends the offended. This happened to a preacher who preached against homosexuality from the Bible, and he was sent to jail for a long time and forced to pay compensation to the offended parties who reported him.
    Just the other day, a man in Colorado was ordered by a judge to bake a cake for a homosexual couple wanting to buy a cake for their wedding – even though Colorado has legally defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. But there it is, he is being required to violate his religious beliefs.
    Yesterday, my brother, who’s customer in Oregon went out of business because she wouldn’t sell wedding cakes to a couple of lesbians said that they ought to go ahead and make the cake, and then pray over the cake before they sell it to them. I thought it actually a pretty good idea. Nothing offends the offended like a hearty and specific prayer of salvation.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      LOL! I like that. I hope the prayer was right in front of them when they pick up the cake!


      • momodoom said

        What a terrific suggestion! I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to think of possible alternatives to working for gay “weddings”… doing a substandard job would be unethical, especially for those whose business thrives on a superior product, and it might be make one liable to a suit or civil rights proceedings.

        But this is fantastic. Thank your brother for all of us, Jewel, and thank you, Ann, for your additional suggestion – I can see no legal challenge to these actions, and you’re right – gays (and potential others) will find this very offensive. : )


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