NDP’s Action day to save Canada post:
A success in Compton-Stanstead and the rest of Canada
In order to raise awareness among citizens about the importance of maintaining Canada Post services, New Democrat MP Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead), along with his constituency and Ottawa staff, welcomed about 30 concerned citizens last Saturday to an exchange about the future of Canada Post. Mr. Rousseau embraced the opportunity to discuss and promote the concrete measures being put forth by the NDP. The attendees also heard from Mr. Pierre Avard, the president of the Union of Postal Workers in the Sherbrooke region. In addition to those present, the Compton-Stanstead office has received correspon- dence in the order of thousands of responses on the topic, via phone calls, emails and, of course, via mail. “In Compton-Stanstead, like everywhere else in the country, we met with residents to offer them some real solutions,” said MP Jean Rousseau. “People are worried about the future of mail delivery. Not just concerned, but angry to hear of the cuts coming to home delivery. The end of home mail delivery and reduction of hours of service will create serious difficulties for Canadians, especially for seniors, people with reduced mobility and businesses.” Mr. Rousseau adds, “The NDP and the Union of Postal Workers have proposed concrete solutions. The mobilization day on Saturday afforded us an opportunity to present them to our constituents.” The New Democrat MP says it is particularly upsetting that the Conservatives have stood idly by – instead of pushing Canada Post to explore other options other than simply slashing services and increasing the cost of stamps. “The welcome we received Saturday proves without a doubt that Conservatives are now the only ones who think that these massive cuts are a good idea,” said Jean Rousseau. “We will continue to put pressure on the government so that it finally takes action in this matter.” On Saturday, the NDP organized similar action days in several other Quebec regions.