CIMA Congratulates the Federal Government on Protecting Canadian Jobs and Businesses



    
     Introduction of legislation (Bill C-44) - for second time, confirms
            Government's commitment to legitimate and competitive
                 long-standing International Mailing Industry
    

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian International Mail
Association and its industry members and partners throughout the country
applaud the federal government's introduction of legislation - for the second
time, to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act and acknowledge the legitimacy
of the international mailing industry. Bill C-44 will protect thousands of
jobs and many businesses that depend on this innovative and entrepreneurial
sector. Similar legislation was initially introduced in the House of Commons
on October 29, 2007 but died on the Order Paper before being passed.
    "The international mailing industry has worked hard to make Canada a
world-leader in this competitive market," said Gwyneth Howell, CIMA Executive
Director. "We employ thousands of Canadians directly and support hundreds of
small businesses that participate in our industry - mailers, printers, letter
shops, graphic designers, direct marketers, envelope manufacturers, transport
companies and others."
    CIMA, its members and industry partners have always and will continue to
support and respect Canada Post's domestic exclusive privilege. Protecting
this industry has never been about diminishing Canada Post's ability to
provide Universal Postal Service.
    "Introducing the exact same legislation once again shows that our
Government, with support from the Official Opposition, continues to recognize
that protecting this long-standing industry in Canada will in no way impact on
Canada Post's domestic exclusive privilege or its ability to provide Universal
Postal Service", stated Bob Elliott, President of the Canadian Printing
Industries Association (CPIA). "For more than twenty years this industry
operated competitively and transparently with Canada Post's full knowledge and
acceptance. Many industry participants partner with and provide a revenue
source for Canada Post and we welcome the opportunity to continue doing so",
added Elliott.
    In April 2008, the Government announced the creation of an independent
Canada Post Strategic Review Advisory Panel to review and report on a number
of issues relating to the future operations and competitiveness of Canada
Post, including a review of the international mail industry. Following
extensive consultations with the Canadian public and relevant stakeholders,
the independent CPC Advisory Panel has recommended that the existing level of
Canada Post's exclusive privilege not be reduced except for the continued
operations and allowance of open competition for outbound international mail.
"The Advisory Panel heard from hundreds of stakeholders and concluded that
supporting this decades old industry would have no impact on rural mail
service or on Canada Post's ability to provide Universal Postal Service", said
Howell.
    "This has always been about fairness, competition and common sense", said
J.J. Hian-Cheong, President of Spring Global Mail. "All we have ever wanted to
do is compete fairly in this market, as we have for over 20 years. With the
introduction of this legislation, coupled with the clear support from the
independent CPC Strategic Review Advisory Panel, we call upon Canada Post to
discontinue all legal actions against this industry, save Canadian tax payers
hard earned money and acknowledge the clear intention of the Government and
the majority of Parliamentarians to protect this industry", added Hian-Cheong.

    CIMA and the entire international mail industry is extremely appreciative
of the ongoing support received from Opposition and Government Members of
Parliament as well as from business groups across the country, including the
CFIB, Envelope Manufacturers Association, Canadian Printing Industries
Association, B.C. Printing Industries Association, various Chambers of
Commerce and Boards of Trade, and the EU Commission.




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