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