MILTON, ON, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Postal workers delivered over 12,200 postcards of protest to Lisa Raitt,
Minister responsible for Canada Post, today at her constituency office
in Milton, Ontario. The postcards were signed by Canadians opposing
postal downsizing and closures prior to the corporation's recent
announcement that it intends to cut delivery and raise rates.
"People are angry about the cuts and the fact that the government
doesn't seem to care," said Donald Lafleur, 4th National Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Some of the postcards are from Milton residents, while others are from
communities throughout the country. They ask Olivia Chow, official
opposition critic responsible for Canada Post, to tell Minister Raitt
to stop closing and downsizing post offices and instead look at new
ways to generate revenue such as postal banking. Chow recently sent
this message in a letter to the Minister.
Other party critics have also denounced postal cuts and expressed
concern about the government's upcoming review of its expectations for
Canada Post, as spelled out in the Canadian Postal Service Charter.
"The corporation has closed about 40 urban post offices in the last two
years and turned some of the remaining offices into little more than a
hole in the wall," said Lafleur. "It has been brutal and it's going to
get worse now that Canada Post has announced it intends to eliminate
door-to-door delivery and hike postage rates."
Lemelin said the corporation has chosen cuts and ignored other options
such as postal banking. New Zealand, Switzerland and Italy made major
profits from banking last year.
"You can't cut your way to a better future, said Lafleur.
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Postal Workers
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