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It’s now been a month since the October 19 election and over two weeks since the Liberal federal government was sworn in and held its first cabinet meeting. Yet many residents of Prince Edward Island (and Canada) are still stuck with the newly-installed community mailboxes.
By now, the federal Liberals could have given direction to the members of Canada Post’s Board of Directors to remove the community mailboxes and go back to door-to-door delivery (including for those who were forced to use community mailboxes years ago). The Canada Post Corporation Act states that, “In the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties, the Corporation shall comply with such directives as the Minister may give to it.” If that direction was not followed immediately, the members of Canada Post’s Board of Directors could have been dismissed, as they are government appointees and can be replaced at any time.
I realize there are many things on the Liberal government’s agenda, especially after the disastrous years of the Harper Conservatives. But the Liberal cabinet doesn’t have to develop or implement the plan to reverse the changes to the postal delivery service; it only has to direct Canada Post to do that.
So why haven’t we seen the removal of the community mailboxes and the return of door-to-door delivery? Or, at the very least, why haven’t we seen the appropriate direction being given to Canada Post by the Liberal government?
Perhaps the four Liberal MPs from Prince Edward Island could answer these questions for the benefit of their constituents.