Poll results confirm large majority opposes postal deregulation

    OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - A new Ipsos Reid poll shows 69 per cent of
the public oppose allowing private companies to deliver letters in Canada. The
release of this poll coincides with the final day for submissions to the
Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review, a government-appointed panel which
is considering postal deregulation.
    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) delivered its submission,
which includes the poll results, and over 10,000 post cards to the review's
advisory panel today.
    "The public is overwhelmingly against postal deregulation and supports a
strong universal public postal system," said Denis Lemelin, CUPW National
President. "Hopefully, the review panel will remember these results when
making their recommendations."
    The poll CUPW commissioned shows that 46 per cent strongly oppose and
23 per cent of people somewhat oppose allowing private companies to deliver
letters in Canada. Conversely, 9 per cent of people strongly support and
18 per cent of people somewhat support allowing private sector competition.
    The public isn't alone in their opposition to postal deregulation. Close
to 400 municipal councils from across the country have also passed resolutions
against postal deregulation.
    "Postal deregulation would allow private companies to deliver mail in the
lucrative urban areas while the public post office is left to service the
higher-cost rural and isolated areas," added Lemelin. "This is a recipe for
drastic service cuts, job loss and post office closures."
    The strategic review panel will release a final report with
recommendations in December.
    The survey was conducted from August 12-14, 2008. With a sample size of
1007 adult Canadians, the results are considered accurate to within +/-3.1
percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the
entire adult population of Canada been polled. These data were weighted to
ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the
actual Canadian population according to Census data.

For further information:

For further information: Richard McGrath, Communications Specialist,
Canadian Union of Postal Workers, (613) 222-3952 (cell),
rmcgrath@cupw-sttp.org; You can obtain poll results and CUPW's submission to
the strategic review panel at: www.cupw-sttp.org

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