Postal union wants comprehensive and public review of international mail issue

    OTTAWA, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The international mail issue should be
subject to a comprehensive and public review said the Canadian Union of Postal
Workers (CUPW) in response to statements made by the Canadian International
Mail Association (CIMA).
    CIMA issued a media release today claiming that CUPW is working overtime
to oppose the passage of Bill C-14 "by misrepresenting facts and providing
inaccurate information."
    "I have not misrepresented anything," said Deborah Bourque, CUPW National
President. "And I'd be more than happy to clarify my statements during any
public or parliamentary review of this issue."
    "Of course, we are opposed to Bill C-14. It would undermine universal
public postal service if passed," said Bourque.
    The proposed legislation would partially deregulate Canada Post by
removing international letters from Canada Post's exclusive privilege to
collect, transmit and deliver letters. The corporation has an exclusive
privilege so that there is enough revenue to finance the corporation's
universal service obligation.
    "I'm almost certain the public would prefer to keep the exclusive
privilege intact so that revenue from international letters can be used to
maintain and improve public postal service," said Bourque. "But let's give
people an opportunity to have input. This is too important an issue to be
rushed through Parliament without a proper discussion and review."

For further information:

For further information: Richard McGrath, Communications Specialist,
Canadian Union of Postal Workers, (613) 222-3952 (cell),

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