Check the facts on Canada Post

Published on February 18, 2014
Charlottetown post offrce

Editor:

In response to the letter to the editor by Pat Mella (It’s time to modernize postal delivery). Ms. Mella has her facts quite wrong about issues surrounding Canada Post and their five-point action plan to eliminate door to door delivery. She states that Canada Post uses taxpayers’ money, when in fact Canada Post is self-sustainable.

The crown corporation has been highly profitable for many years, generating 1.5 billion dollars into the economy over the last 15 years. The only year that it did not make a profit was in 2011, the year that the corporation locked out its workers and interrupted service, and also had a one-time pay equity that was paid out because of mistakes that were made in the past. 

In 2012 total profits reported on the Canada Post financial report was $94 million. Canada Post had projected a loss of $1 billion per year by 2020, but this figure is based on a projected loss of $250 million in 2012, a year that was actually profitable. In 2013 they paid all workers two days early so that the pay came out of the 2013 bottom line, probably so that they could minimize the profits they actually made.

Ms. Mella mentions that most Canadians already use community mail boxes. In fact 66 per cent of Canadians get mail delivered to their door, whether it is in a rural mail box, to the door, or an apartment lobby. Most Canadians do not have to walk to get their mail. “Walking is good for you, you get to meet your neighbours” she says.

It seems that Ms. Mella agrees with CEO Deepak Chopra in that seniors need exercise. Do they need exercise in the middle of winter when it is thirty below and icy? Or should they wait for the spring thaw to get their Christmas cards from grandchildren, just to find that their community mailbox was broken into and the mail stolen. I think these large hunks of metal that will take up scenery in our communities are a waste of money, and will furthermore force people to stop using the mail. 

Although most people between the ages of 20-40 may not use letter mail as much as older people, the majority of Canadians are above this age group. This age group is however purchasing online. Amazon reported that Canada Post was the best for delivery of parcels over the holidays.  There are also a lot of people that can’t afford computers and the internet, whether they are in rural Canada or cities.  Is the Government going to give us free internet to communicate and do our business? Students that study in other provinces require Canada Post to complete student loan applications. Can parents send a care package to their children in an e-mail?

Angus McLean may have said, “A government that gives you everything you want is a government that will take everything you’ve got.”  What do you do with a government that takes everything you have, and leaves you nothing?

Dylan Allain,

CUPW Charlottetown