It’s time to de­liver

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION - BY LORNA MACPHER­SON Lorna MacPher­son of Char­lot­te­town is a for­mer mem­ber of a lit­er­acy work­shop group and an in­ter­est in equal postal ac­cess for all cit­i­zens

“The postal ser­vice is a Crown cor­po­ra­tion. I be­lieve that in its man­date, the man­age­ment is to fol­low the di­rec­tives given to them by the fed­eral min­is­ter. Per­haps it is now time for our new Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to fol­low up on their elec­tion prom­ise to re­in­state home de­liv­ery ser­vice! Fail­ing that, the min­is­ter in charge should fire the cur­rent CEO and the 10 vice-pres­i­dents and hire their re­place­ments with per­sons who have ex­hib­ited some log­i­cal think­ing brain func­tions.”

We should have seen it com­ing when Canada Post moved our sort­ing sta­tion from Char­lot­te­town to Hal­i­fax.

Imag­ine, you mail a let­ter in Char­lot­te­town to go to an­other ad­dress, also in Char­lot­te­town, and your let­ter is taken to Hal­i­fax, sorted, and then re­turned to Char­lot­te­town!

The sheer stu­pid­ity of it bog­gled my mind, and left me wait­ing for the other shoe to drop! It did when it was an­nounced that home mail de­liv­ery would be re­placed with com­mu­nity mail­boxes.

I am left won­der­ing if any­one in Ot­tawa has heard the voice of the ma­jor­ity when they ei­ther signed a pe­ti­tion, wrote or phoned their MPs, voted in an­other party in the fed­eral elec­tion and/or com­plained as I am do­ing here about the change of home mail de­liv­ery to com­mu­nity mail boxes!

Are we to seek an at­tor­ney to launch a class ac­tion law­suit on the grounds of dis­crim­i­na­tion, be­cause it de­pends where you live in or­der to re­ceive home de­liv­ery?

Or, fight it on the ba­sis that we are the only G-8 coun­try that has stopped home de­liv­ery in ur­ban cen­ters!

Why did we bother to send VIPs to the costly Paris Con­fer­ence re­gard­ing cli­mate change and in our own coun­try sev­eral ef­fi­cient and knowl­edge­able for­mer let­ter car­ri­ers lost their jobs?

In the Char­lot­te­town area alone, 25 ser­vice ve­hi­cles were pur­chased to de­liver mail to th­ese locked boxes — Canada Post cer­tainly wasn’t think­ing about any cost saving, our car­bon foot­print or the last­ing af­fect of ax­ing so many jobs.

Our mail­box has frozen on three oc­ca­sions now. Canada Post wants us to sup­ply our own lock de-icer or use a bar­be­cue lighter to solve their bun­gled lock pur­chases.

Who’s go­ing to re­im­burse us? If they are freez­ing at th­ese mod­er­ate tem­per­a­tures, what will hap­pen when we reach –40 C de­grees?

Th­ese boxes were not fit­ted with locks made with our win­ters in mind but would be more suited to an in­door lobby of a hous­ing com­plex. Will provin­cial gov­ern­ments be pre­pared to pay for yearly re­pairs to the property own­ers where cars, stop­ping to get their mail, have left huge tire gouges?

Be­cause the boxes were placed where safety was not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, who will be pay­ing for the ac­ci­dents that will hap­pen when six-foot snow banks block the vi­sion of on­com­ing ve­hi­cles or pedes­tri­ans?

Will the fed­eral gov­ern­ment lower our taxes be­cause we’re get­ting fewer ser­vices than oth­ers are re­ceiv­ing?

The postal ser­vice is a Crown cor­po­ra­tion. I be­lieve that in its man­date, the man­age­ment is to fol­low the di­rec­tives given to them by the fed­eral min­is­ter. Per­haps it is now time for our new Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to fol­low up on their elec­tion prom­ise to re­in­state home de­liv­ery ser­vice!

Fail­ing that, the min­is­ter in charge should fire the cur­rent CEO and the 10 vice-pres­i­dents and hire their re­place­ments with per­sons who have ex­hib­ited some log­i­cal think­ing brain func­tions.

Even more frus­trat­ing, ev­ery day on our ca­ble­vi­sion is ex­pen­sive ad­ver­tise­ments tout­ing the grandeur man­age­ment of the post of­fice in small busi­ness. Th­ese com­mer­cials tell us how ef­fi­cient they are and the pro­gram that we are watch­ing is be­ing brought to us by the Cana­dian Postal Ser­vice.

Please — some­one get me a shovel.

Wish­ing you all a Happy New Year — and a re­turn of our postal ser­vice.

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