Wanted: Meeting with Lawrence Cannon about our public post office

    OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - An all-out hunt is on for Lawrence Cannon,
Minister responsible for Canada Post. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(CUPW) has placed a Wanted ad in the Hill Times asking government workers,
ministerial staff, the media and the public to report any Cannon sightings.
    "We have asked for a meeting with Minister Cannon over ten times since he
was elected but he won't meet," said Denis Lemelin, National President of
CUPW. The union has also asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper twice to help
arrange a meeting.
    "Now that Minister Cannon has announced a big review of Canada Post on
the future of universal, public postal service in this country, we really need
to talk to him," said Lemelin. "We want to know why the government isn't
holding public hearings and what the reason is for the rush?"
    The review was announced on April 21. The public and organizations can
make submissions until September 2nd. This is just four months and most people
don't even know that there is a review going on.
    "We don't think a speedy review without public hearings is a very
democratic way to decide the fate of our publicly-owned post office," said
Lemelin. "We think it's reasonable to expect a meeting with the Minister on
something this big."

    If you have any information on the whereabouts of Lawrence Cannon, please
call 877-L-CAN-123 (877-522-6123)

For further information:

For further information: Richard McGrath, Communications Specialist
(CUPW), (613) 236-7238 ext. 7914

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