Foote sug­gests ‘ePost’ cam­paign an­other step to­wards Canada Post pri­va­ti­za­tion

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Ran­dom-Burin-St. Ge­orge’s Lib­eral MP Judy Foote said Canada Post continues to head to­wards a long-term goal of pri­va­ti­za­tion.

She charged the Harper govern­ment with ig­nor­ing the needs of ru­ral Cana­di­ans in par­tic­u­lar.

“Canada Post has un­der­taken a na­tional cam­paign en­cour­ag­ing Cana­di­ans to sign up for ‘ePost’, an on-line al­ter­na­tive to re­ceiv­ing and pay­ing bills by stan­dard mail,” she said.

“A fur­ther re­duc­tion in mail vol­ume, brought on de­lib­er­ately by the Crown cor­po­ra­tion, will in­evitably lead to more ser­vice cuts and post of­fice clo­sures and will con­tinue to have a dis­pro­por­tion- ately neg­a­tive ef­fect on ru­ral Cana­di­ans.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ms. Foote, the cam­paign is of­fer­ing people a chance to win $1,000 for sign­ing up for pa­per­less ser­vice.

“In other words, the Crown cor­po­ra­tion tasked with de­liv­er­ing mail is ac­tu­ally pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives to Cana­di­ans to stop us­ing stan­dard mail ser­vices.”

Ms. Foote re­it­er­ated high-speed In­ter­net re­mains un­avail­able for many ru­ral Cana­di­ans and noted the post of­fice rep­re­sents the only federal pres­ence in many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

She called it dis­con­cert­ing that a Crown cor­po­ra­tion with a man- date to ‘pro­vide a stan­dard of postal ser­vice that is af­ford­able and meets the needs of the people of Canada’ is com­ing up with new ways of do­ing the op­po­site.

“In­stead of of­fer­ing new ser­vices, as has been done in other coun­tries to help keep the post of­fice a vi­able cor­po­ra­tion, Canada Post is re­duc­ing ser­vices, clos­ing post of­fices, in­creas­ing the price of stamps, and now ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing people to stop us­ing stan­dard mail al­to­gether,” Ms. Foote said.

“This is ev­i­dence Canada Post fully in­tends on mov­ing to­wards pri­va­ti­za­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble with the full sup­port of the Harper govern­ment.”

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