Post of­fice hear­ing not by mail, or email

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Coat­i­cook

While some com­plain that cell tow­ers will de­stroy their lives, others are feel­ing dead not hav­ing any cel­lu­lar ser­vices. Seems like on ‘Le Plateau’ in Mon­tréal, where cell ser­vice is more than ex­cel­lent, this is not a prob­lem, or it would have made the front page of Le De­voir or the other avant-garde me­dia long ago. Then maybe, if a Mon­treal jour­nal­ist lost the scoop be­cause he had no cell ser­vice, the

story would be dif­fer­ent.

Yes, that was a gen­eral com­plaint at last Fri­day’s hear­ing on Canada Post in Coat­i­cook for the re­gion by Min­is­ter, the Hon­ourable Marie-Claude Bibeau. If you live in a re­mote re­gion, for­get about postal ser­vice or any ser­vice while you are at it.

While there was a gen­eral con­sen­sus around the ta­ble that most of the prob­lems stem from the Harper gov­ern­ment’s avowed pol­icy of sell­ing Canada Post and re­duc­ing ser­vices, some com­plaints were a bit more com­plex. Like the fact that it costs less than a dol­lar for that Ebay re­tailer in China to send a par­cel to Canada while it costs al­most twenty for a Cana­dian busi­ness to do the same. As for the qual­ity of ser­vice, it leaves a lot to be de­sired. This news­pa­per can at­test to it, not lo­cally, but na­tion­ally.

It came to Ger­ald Cut­ting, the pres­i­dent of the Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion to speak for ru­ral life. While he spoke in English, the pre­sen­ta­tion was not spe- cif­i­cally one tuned to the An­glo­phones. He spoke of the sim­ple fact that the older mem­bers of so­ci­ety are not at­tuned to elec­tronic me­dia and are left aside and count on the mail to de­liver letters, news and parcels.

The Hon­ourable Min­is­ter Bibeau, who was ac­com­pa­nied by two of her po­lit­i­cal staff, Jac­que­line Bel­leau and Phillipe Cadieux, had to leave early, but with the notes taken by them, she will have a lot to say to her col­leagues in Ot­tawa.

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In fine fight­ing form, Comp­ton-Stanstead MP, the Hon­ourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, ad­dressed the par­tic­i­pants at the Canada Post con­sul­ta­tion that she con­vened last week.

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Not only the usual rep­re­sen­ta­tive showed up for the meet­ing held in Coat­i­cook.

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