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Stop Canada Post’s action plan in its tracks


Canada Post Corporation, with the approval of the federal government, has outlined its plans for making profits grow and to lessen its workforce and its service to Canadians.

Editor;

Canada Post unveils its five-point action plan:

 1. More community mailboxes, less door-to-door delivery.

 2. Increasing the cost of stamps.

 3. More postal franchises in already established businesses, for example, drugstores.

 4. Streamlining operations.

 5. Addressing the cost of labour, which equals a loss of employees.

It was just about 30 years ago door-to-door delivery was expanded to many Canadians. People in the North benefited, seniors benefited, those who were differently abled benefited, parents with small children benefited. We all benefited. There were more jobs for communities.

At $1 per stamp, many Canadians will stop mailing letters altogether, and since rates will go up for parcels, they will stop mailing parcels as well. Many already have stopped.

The post office used to be proud to be a service to all Canadians at an affordable price. Now many Canadians are disillusioned with our mail service.

They can no longer afford to send packages (me included). This year I decided to put my $100, which I normally pay for stamps just to mail Christmas cards, to help a worthy cause – instead of sending cards. Next year, I will do the same.

Instead of sending packages I will send money or gift cards or I may decide not to send any gifts at all.

CRAMPED QUARTERS

Most of the drugstores where the franchises currently are in such small spaces that customers barely have room to move while waiting in lineups, which will grow longer as the five-point plan is implemented.

In my experience, the parcels were piled on counters and not properly sorted, creating frustration and even causing people to have to go back another day to get the package.

Canada Post has been spending millions on technology for as long as Canadians can remember. Why do we need to streamline even more? Has this money been spent in vain? It seems so!

GOOD JOBS, GONE

What is happening to almost 9,000 jobs in our communities? These are jobs people could hope to apply for one day.

Because they are good paying jobs with benefits your son or daughter could apply for, they are being phased out so that the jobs will be reoffered to your son or your daughter at half the wages or less, and with many fewer benefits.

This is the Canada of today and this is the Canada of the current government that supports the five-point plan of Canada Post.

Shame on both the government and the corporation.

Canada Post has made plenty of profit over the years and now it is upping the cost of stamps, reducing the workforce and shoving its plan down the throats of Canadians and its workers.

HELPS KEEP US CONNECTED

The post office is often the fabric holding families together since we Canadians are scattered from coast to coast – from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, from Fort McMurray to Newfoundland and Labrador, from Ontario to Yellowknife and everywhere in between.

The post office is our link to grandchildren we rarely see. It is the connection to our grandparents, to our aunts and uncles, and so on.

We are not Europe, we are not India, we are not Austria – we are Canada. We are a vast country; our population is scattered from north to south and from east to west.

Once upon a time, Canadians were proud of their postal system. Now, many just want to let it go where Canada Post and the government want it to go: to help the business world prop up its profits, Canada Post and the federal government included.

Profits before service is the new mode of thought.

Canada, as a country we were proud of, is becoming more and more like other countries we are not so proud of.

I believe our current government is leaning too far to the right; we, the people, are the ones who will fall off the ship and be unable to have any voice in what is happening in these ambivalent times.

Make sure you have your say before the ship goes down.

Ruth Larson is formerly from Hare Bay, Bonavista Bay and Labrador City and now lives in Halifax.

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