Arthur's Comments About Quebec Cabbies Draw Fine
April 24, 2006 at 6:09 AM (PT)
Comments made by now-MP ANDRE ARTHUR when he was a talk show host on the old CKVL-A/MONTREAL have come back to haunt him, as a QUEBEC Superior Court judge slaps him with a C$220,000. judgement for insulting Arab and Haitian cab drivers.
ARTHUR and the station's then-owner METROMEDIA CMR will have to pay over C$300,000. in aggregate for the NOVEMBER 1998 show, which drew a lawsuit from the QUEBEC ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL TAXI DRIVERS for saying that he couldn't understand what cabbies are saying because he could not speak what he described with the "n-word." He called taxis a "Third World" form of transportation, suggested that the drivers bribed their way to licenses, and their cars are dirty and garbage-strewn.