Canada Post delivery changes spark outcry

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Reaction continues to pour in following news Canada Post is cutting door-to-door mail delivery in urban centres across Canada and hiking the price of stamps.

The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern over the increased cost of letter mail announced by Canada Post.

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“The chamber certainly recognizes that the business model has changed and that efficiencies must be found within Canada Post,” said chamber president Keith O’Neill.

“The price increases announced by Canada Post are excessive and will have a significant impact on many small businesses, not for-profit organizations and individuals.”

Carl Pursey, president at the P.E.I. Federation of Labour, says the 8,000 job cuts across Canada will not only be felt by the workers.

“We are all affected by these cuts, but the worst hit will be people living with disabilities and seniors,” said Pursey.

“The loss to business will also have an economic impact due to the loss of these good-paying jobs.”

Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay described the changes as the “complete slashing” of Canada’s postal services by the Conservatives.

“The Conservative government is basically slashing Canada Post out of existence and this has me extremely concerned,” said MacAulay.

“The fact is these changes will make things very tough for the elderly, people with disabilities, people on a fixed or low incomes, and the many people who still rely on Canada’s postal service to meet their needs at an affordable price.”

On Dec. 11, Canada Post announced the end of door-to-door delivery in urban centres, increasing the price of stamps and cutting up to 8,000 jobs in an effort to return the Crown corporation to financial stability by 2019.

Canada Post has “a responsibility to be self-sufficient,” Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said during a CTV interview.

Organizations: Canada Post, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, P.E.I. Federation of Labour Conservatives CTV

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Jimmy Buffet
    December 18, 2013 - 21:21

    Harper inherited a perfect plan to spread wealth around the country and pocket $20 billion a year .It was called EI .He called this abuse and created an atmosphere of fear in the maritimes and Quebec and gutted the system ...but he did not lower the deductions off any ones paycheque thus he drags in yet more money while creating contempt among citizens . If he can screw this perfect plan up there is not much hope for any government office...except disgraced senators or MPs.

  • AMAZED
    December 18, 2013 - 20:56

    It is probably not fair to to compare Canada Post to EI , but EI has a surplus every year of $12 Billion dollars and yet they crack down on recepients to trim costs and close offices but there is no reduction in cost to people who pay into the program .Suffice it to say Harper is gutting every program that is beneficial to the common man and betting the farm on the good will of corporations(even those from China) to trickle down benefits for the good of all, sort of like a golden shower his alter ego Hitler is said to have enjoyed .

  • don
    December 18, 2013 - 13:43

    Lawrence please go back to sleep. you spend more of our money then you should mainly called your pay. the next big waist is the executives of Canada post then comes the workers. thanks to the union big shots but think on this when they postal guys lose the jobs what happens to the big wages of he union?

  • Paul Coupland
    December 18, 2013 - 11:49

    Subject: Case-in-point [Recessive Customer Service Protocols at Canada Post] Although Canada Post has over 6,000 Post Offices across Canada, their own Retail Outlets for these Post Offices are not permitted to be considered when a Delivery Notice Card is prepared to redirect the non-delivery of an item to the nearest available Retail Post Office. This is the case even when their own Outlet is more convenient for the postal customer to access & costs less for Canada Post to ship the parcel to for pick-up! For example 1, my wife & I are seniors. I am visually impaired. We live within a half block of the main Canada Post Office here in North Bay, from which we buy postage, send parcels etc. Recently we missed their delivery of a heavy Christmas parcel by a few minutes, and this package was recarded to a Retail Post Office several miles away from our home instead of being recarded to the main Post Office Retail Outlet next door! We were told that this service could only be possible if we paid for a postal box at their main Post Office! Perhaps Canada Post could give consideration to the growing number of seniors in Canada – some requiring walkers for mobility! Many of us are prohibited from driving - either for medical and/or financial reasons. For example 2, if I were to go on-line & purchase something from say Future Shop & pay for the shipping to my residence and then had to pay even more in order to go out of my way to actually retrieve the parcel at some remote post office (having just missed the delivery), I would not be a happy customer! Nor would I likely use their so called “service” any more than I absolutely had to. Instead of Canada Post customers wasting their valuable time and resources, having to go out of their way to utilize Canada Post services - when someone has already paid for the delivery, why not change the recarding rules to include Corporate Retail Postal Outlets? Then none of us will have to brave the winter weather with our walkers to try to pick-up those missed parcels that were mailed to us? Respectfully, Paul Coupland

    • Nil
      December 18, 2013 - 15:50

      You have your answer: "We were told that this service could only be possible if we paid for a postal box at their main Post Office!" If it's that important that you receive your package there isn't it worth the cost?

  • Angus
    December 18, 2013 - 11:25

    Listen to the union guys climbing on the backs of the old and sick to protect their high salaries and pensions. Not to forget their leaders perks and privileges either of course. None of them thought very much of the folks every time they decided to go on strike in the past and held the country to ransom. Now we don't need them as much and it will be less in the future. This looks good on them.

  • Observer
    December 18, 2013 - 10:44

    Sorry to burst your bubble Billly but. Conservatives seem to be just as greedy as liberals. Have you been seeing the news this year?

    • Garth Staples
      December 18, 2013 - 16:00

      And who had the highest travel expenses etc of all PPEI Senators and MPs ----YOU GOT IT LIBERALS!!! Check it out.

    • huh
      December 20, 2013 - 06:13

      There are 2: Shea and Mike Duffy. And surely you are not making favorable comments about expenses when Mike Duffy is around. So your comment is not clear to me.

  • Billy
    December 18, 2013 - 10:32

    When has Macaulay ever said anything positive. This guy is going out with 150 thousand plus pension and being a liberal he wants someone else to pay the way for him. Would he prefer a stamp costing maybe 2.00 each. A company should survive on its own or give it up. This includes CMP, postal, CBC and all those other tax payer funded companies.

    • Michael
      December 18, 2013 - 16:22

      Look to Europe where most postal services, successfully, have been privatized. That what needs to happen here as well, along with golf courses, liquor stores, vehicle registration etc... Too much government involvement in our daily live with mediocre results