Postal increases blasted by CFIB as "outrageous"

    TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Canada Post is being blasted by the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) for its wide-ranging postal
increases that went into effect today.
    "These price increases are unnecessary, unfair and come at a terrible
time when the economy is weakening and so many small businesses are struggling
to stay alive," said CFIB executive vice president, Garth Whyte.
    "Canada Post tried to justify much of its reasoning to raise prices a few
months ago when the cost of gasoline was so high," said Whyte. "But that is
obviously no longer the case with the price of gas at the pumps being much
less." Whyte also said there has been a lack of accountability and government
oversight in recent weeks because of the turmoil at the federal political
level. He said the Crown Corporation should have had its plan for raising
rates put on hold until it could be thoroughly scrutinized after things
stabilized in Ottawa.
    "We strongly oppose these new arbitrary increases on Canadians for
undependable service and see absolutely no justification in having them
repeated year after year with no checks and balances."

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