Conservatives slash postal services and sharply increase costs
Instead of making Canada Post more efficient, Conservatives have decided to put the axe into postal services. In doing so, they will be killing thousands of jobs on top of ending home delivery, reducing the operating hours of post offices in rural areas, and sharply increasing postage rates.
“For months, the people of Compton-Stanstead and city officials have been complaining about the reduction in services, and now, lo and behold, more bad news from Conservatives who just can’t keep their priorities straight. They rather continue to look after their insider friends instead of supporting and developing even our most essential public services,» said New Democrat MP Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead).
Over the next five years, 6000 to 8000 workers will lose their jobs and some five million households will no longer have mail delivered to their homes. Canada Post only held public consultations online, which means that those who will be most affected didn’t have their say in the matter.
«By reducing services, Canada Post is doomed to fail. All it will do is push clients away and increase costs,» said New Democrat deputy Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie). «Conservatives waited until after the House adjourned to announce this horrible news. Quebecers deserve better.»