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By Lorna MacPherson (guest opinion)
We should have seen it coming when Canada Post moved our sorting station from Charlottetown to Halifax.
Imagine, you mail a letter in Charlottetown to go to another address, also in Charlottetown, and your letter is taken to Halifax, sorted, and then returned to Charlottetown!
The sheer stupidity of it boggled my mind, and left me waiting for the other shoe to drop! It did when it was announced that home mail delivery would be replaced with community mailboxes.
I am left wondering if anyone in Ottawa has heard the voice of the majority when they either signed a petition, wrote or phoned their MPs, voted in another party in the federal election and/or complained as I am doing here about the change of home mail delivery to community mail boxes!
Are we to seek an attorney to launch a class action lawsuit on the grounds of discrimination, because it depends where you live in order to receive home delivery?
Or, fight it on the basis that we are the only G-8 country that has stopped home delivery in urban centers!
Why did we bother to send VIPs to the costly Paris Conference regarding climate change and in our own country several efficient and knowledgeable former letter carriers lost their jobs?
In the Charlottetown area alone, 25 service vehicles were purchased to deliver mail to these locked boxes — Canada Post certainly wasn’t thinking about any cost saving, our carbon footprint or the lasting affect of axing so many jobs.
Our mailbox has frozen on three occasions now. Canada Post wants us to supply our own lock de-icer or use a barbecue lighter to solve their bungled lock purchases.
Who’s going to reimburse us? If they are freezing at these moderate temperatures, what will happen when we reach –40 C degrees?
These boxes were not fitted with locks made with our winters in mind but would be more suited to an indoor lobby of a housing complex. Will provincial governments be prepared to pay for yearly repairs to the property owners where cars, stopping to get their mail, have left huge tire gouges?
Because the boxes were placed where safety was not taken into consideration, who will be paying for the accidents that will happen when six-foot snow banks block the vision of oncoming vehicles or pedestrians?
Will the federal government lower our taxes because we’re getting fewer services than others are receiving?
The postal service is a Crown corporation. I believe that in its mandate, the management is to follow the directives given to them by the federal minister. Perhaps it is now time for our new Liberal government to follow up on their election promise to reinstate home delivery service!
Failing that, the minister in charge should fire the current CEO and the 10 vice-presidents and hire their replacements with persons who have exhibited some logical thinking brain functions.
Even more frustrating, every day on our cablevision is expensive advertisements touting the grandeur management of the post office in small business. These commercials tell us how efficient they are and the program that we are watching is being brought to us by the
Canadian Postal Service.
Please — someone get me a shovel.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year — and a return of our postal service.
Lorna MacPherson of Charlottetown is a former member of a literacy workshop group and an interest in equal postal access for all citizens