Delivery giants Uber Eats and DoorDash refuse to comply with the Legault government’s request to cap the price they charge restaurant owners in solidarity with them.
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Quebec is now juggling with the idea of passing an executive order to force these companies to comply with its request, as the government of British Columbia did in late December.
On Tuesday, the office of Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne said it had contacted the three largest app delivery companies in the province, US giants Uber Eats and Doordash and their Canadian counterpart, SkipTheDishes.
These companies were then asked to limit the fees they charge to restaurateurs, which can sometimes reach 30% of the price of an order, in order to help traders get through the worst of the crisis.
The ceiling then suggested was 20% of the invoice, including 15% for delivery.
Only the Winnipeg company SkipTheDishes agreed to comply with Quebec’s demand, Minister André Lamontagne’s office said on Thursday.
Note, the company already charged 20% or less to restaurant owners whose dining rooms are closed, according to one of its spokespersons.
The Parti québécois and Québec solidaire have already denounced the Legault government’s approach to this issue.
It is “illusory” to think that Uber Eats and company would limit their profits themselves, said the spokesperson for the Parti Quebecois on economy and recovery, Méganne Perry Mélançon.