BC Southern Interior Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko is critical of the Five-point Action Plan released on December 11 by Canada Post. According to the NDP MP there are better ways to modernize Canada Post than killing good jobs, eliminating home delivery, drastically increasing postage rates and cutting more post office hours.
“If the proposed changes are implemented, there will be a significant impact on our rural communities,” said Atamanenko. “I am afraid that seniors will be the hardest hit, due to the elimination of home delivery and the increase in the price of stamps.
“In addition, the loss of full-time jobs is bound to have a negative effect on our small businesses, many of which are struggling to stay alive.” he continued. “People who make money, spend money,”
According to NDP Transport critic Olivia Chow, “You don’t save a business by cutting services, driving away customers and raising costs. The Conservatives waited until the House had risen to deliver this lump of coal to Canadians. Canadians deserve better.”
“Apparently Canada Post’s consultations around the proposed service cuts were only done online, which in effect eliminated any opportunity for input from those who will be most affected,” concluded Atamanenko. “The Conservative government has a responsibility to act on behalf of Canadians and not allow Canada Post to undertake these draconian measures.”