New update from the NDP
Sep 23, 2015 — As you may already know, an NDP Government will cancel Canada Post's controversial plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and reinstate delivery in all communities affected by the cuts announced in December 2013.
For the past year and a half, Canada Post has been implementing a sweeping, five-year plan to end door-to-door mail delivery for 5.1 million Canadian households. When completed, Canada will become the ONLY G7 country without any home mail delivery.
Predictably, the loss of home delivery will have negative consequences for seniors and people living with disabilities. It also means a loss of up to 8,000 jobs. To make matters worse, large cities, like Montreal and Hamilton, and hundreds of municipalities across Canada have been hit with legal and logistical problems. The decision to install thousands of super mailboxes in high density and mature neighbourhoods is raising many concerns about traffic congestion, the privacy of homeowners, damage to trees, cables and properties, and sidewalk and safety issues such as poor street lighting.
Our fair and sensible plan to reinstate home delivery will not cost taxpayers a single dime. Canada Post has been profitable since the mid-90s — just last year it posted a profit of $200 million — and the only exception was a downturn in 2011 when it locked out its workers.
We also think Canada Post can do even more to generate revenue. It can expand its services and attract new customers through innovations such as e-commerce and tapping into the online shopping market — ideas successfully adopted in many countries around the world. Others agree. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has researched a variety of ways that Canada Post could generate new revenues; for example, communities without local banks could use postal banking.
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