Con­ser­va­tives slash postal ser­vices and sharply in­crease costs

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

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.»

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