Public postal service and jobs at risk

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Wednesday September 30 2015

Public postal service and jobs at riskDon’t forget the postal service – and our jobs – when you go to the polls this fall. Do you know where federal parties stand on the postal cuts and rate hikes announced on December 11, 2013? In the run-up to the federal election, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) asked federal parties the following questions:

On cuts to home mail delivery: Does your party support Canada Post's decision to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery?

On rate hikes: Does your party support the large rate hikes introduced by Canada Post on March 31, 2014?

On the attack on the public postal network: Does your party support Canada Post's plan to streamline the public postal network by closing and downsizing public post offices, and reducing post office hours?

On the destruction of decent jobs: Does your party support Canada Post's plan to destroy thousands of jobs in communities throughout our country?

On the future of Canada Post: Would your party instruct Canada Post to halt the changes announced on December 11, 2013 if it is elected, and consult with the public and others about the future of public postal service, including whether it makes sense to add financial and banking services at Canada Post?

On restoration of home mail delivery: If your party is elected, would it instruct Canada Post to restore home mail delivery to households that have lost it since the corporation announced its agenda of cuts and rate hikes on December 11, 2013?

Conservative government:

The Conservatives fully support the sweeping changes to Canada Post announced on December 11, 2013. They issued a media release backing the cuts and rate hikes and have regularly reiterated their support in the House of Commons. On January 28, 2014, Conservative MPs voted against a NDP opposition motion in support of door-to-door delivery.

Bloc Québécois:

The party does not support the cuts to home mail delivery, the rate hikes, the attack on the public postal network or the destruction of 6000 to 8000 post office jobs. It would instruct Canada Post to halt these changes and consult with the public on the future of Canada Post, including the possibility of adding postal banking.

Green Party:

The party does not support the cuts to home mail delivery, the rate hikes, the attack on the public postal network or the destruction of 6000 to 8000 post office jobs. It would instruct Canada Post to halt these changes and consult with the public on the future of Canada Post, including the possibility of adding postal banking. The party supports the restoration of home mail delivery.

Liberal Party of Canada:

Liberals oppose the Conservative plan which cuts services and increases costs for Canadian households. They say it isn’t fair that the Conservatives are asking Canadians to pay more for their postal services, while getting less service. The party does not believe the government considered all the alternatives or that they have adequately consulted with Canadians, particularly seniors or those with disabilities. Liberals would impose an immediate moratorium on the decision to end door-to-door mail delivery and would undertake a full review of Canada Post’s business plan.

New Democratic Party:

The NDP does not support the cuts to home mail delivery, the attack on the public postal network or the destruction of 6000 to 8000 post office jobs. It says increasing rates while reducing services in the hope of stimulating demand for Canada Post products is illogical. The party would put a stop to the changes announced in December 2013. It supports the restoration of home mail delivery. It would collectively identify solutions for modernizing Canada Post without penalizing workers and citizens.

What can you do?

Please consider voting for candidates that are on record as being opposed to the cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post on December 11, 2013.

Vote for public postal service and good jobs