Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Re­sist Canada Post’s Cuts

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ot­tawa

Inthe wake of dras­tic cuts an­nounced by Canada Post and backed by the federal Con­ser­va­tives last De­cem­ber, a num­ber of city and town coun­cils be­gan to for­mally op­pose the plan to elim­i­nate doorto-door de­liv­ery. That num­ber is now on par with

the num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties Canada Post claims it con­sulted with.

“Forty-six (46) mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing some of Canada’s big­gest cities, have now passed res­o­lu­tions in sup­port of door-to-door de­liv­ery and the num­ber keeps grow­ing,” said De­nis Lemelin, Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers.

“These cuts would hurt com­mu­ni­ties. They would make the cost of do­ing mu­nic­i­pal busi­ness more ex­pen­sive, down­load the costs of main­tain­ing so-called com­mu­nity mail­boxes onto towns and cities, and cut off se­niors and people with dis­abil­i­ties in our neigh­bour­hoods,” said Lemelin.

Canada Post’s pub­lished 5-Point Ac­tion Plan claims it con­sulted people in 46 com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try but CUPW pointed out in De­cem­ber that these con­sul­ta­tions were in­vite-only. More pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was done via an on­line and mail sur­vey but CUPW’s anal­y­sis of those re­sults shows lit­tle to no sup­port for cuts.

“Do you know any­body Canada Post ac­tu­ally con­sulted with? I don’t,” said Lemelin. “What we’ve heard since the cut­back an­nounce­ment tells us that Canada Post has some real work to do in terms of mean­ing­ful pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.” In ad­di­tion to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, 5 mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies or or­ga­ni­za­tions also passed res­o­lu­tions: Union des mu­nic­i­pal­ités du Que­bec / Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Big May­ors Cau­cus MRC D’Abitibi-Quest / MRC des Mask­outains / MRC de Thérèse-De Blainville.

SOURCE Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers

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