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Toronto, October 30 (CINEWS): In a news release issued late Monday, Canada Post spokeswoman Anick Losier said the corporation will work “collaboratively” with the government of Canada to determine the best path forward given the challenges in the postal system.
“Efforts are now underway to place the comprehensive program on hold in an orderly fashion,” Losier said in the release. “This involves roughly 460,000 addresses across the country which are currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes.”
Outgoing Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, whose portfolio includes Canada Post, said the corporation makes decisions independent of government.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek said members are “ecstatic” about the news.
Palecek said Canada Post should be looking at expanding services, such as having banking and financial services in post offices. He said it appears that the incoming Liberal government is following up on an election campaign promise to put an immediate moratorium on the cuts and to carry out a study.
The Liberal platform promised to ensure “high-quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians, no matter where they live.”
Palecek said the CUPW will keep up pressure to restore delivery to the roughly one million addresses that have been converted to community mailbox service since the program began 10 months ago.
The Liberal Party declined to comment on the Canada Post announcement.
The decision to move to Community Mailboxes was taken as a cost saving measure for Canada Post, a Crown Corporation that has been losing money and customers given email and other forms of electronic communication. The move was expected to save upto $900 million.