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Editor: I'm glad writer Joanne Lord MacLeod ("Letter carriers everyday heroes," today's Guardian) has nice things to say about the people who bring her mail, because she certainly trashed the rest of the corporation.

She suggests how overpriced Canada Post's shipping rates are compared to others. Her example compares shipping a rather large item (a jacket) to England from Canada to buying it from a company in England and having it delivered. That would be like her friend in England contacting a store in Charlottetown, buying a gift there and having it delivered here. Probably a lot cheaper. She then goes on to say "UPS or FedEx or to some extent Purolator can move things across thousands of miles faster and cheaper."

OK, time to inject a little reality into this conversation. I use Canada Post, almost on a daily basis, for my small business. Recently, a customer in Washington state ordered a product from me, much larger and heavier than a jacket, and here's the cost: Canada Post $74; UPS $133. A little different, wouldn't you say? And delivery times are quite similar among Canada Post, UPS, FedEx AND Purolator (does she hate Purolator because they're owned by Canada Post?).

And speaking of reality in this conversation, I just went to Canada Post's website. To ship my bulky winter coat to England would cost me anywhere from $23 to $199, depending on how fast I want to get it there.

If you want to trash a valuable Canadian entity, try to use a little accuracy. I always do.

Lloyd Kerry,




Organizations: Canada Post, UPS, Purolator

Geographic location: Washington, England

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