SULTAN JESSA: Proposed Canada Post cuts

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Thousands of Canadians angered by drastic cuts to Canada Post have been signing petitions against the proposed postal cuts.

Millions of Canadians were surprised and angry to learn last year they may have to get their mail even during harsh winter months.

Some Canadians may have to travel a couple of kilometers get their mail.

This will apply to everyone including the disabled and elderly on wheelchairs and walkers through snow.

On top of this more than 8,000 Canada Post employees will possibly lose their jobs.

Many doubt if Canada Post’s new five-point business plan will restore the ailing corporation to self sufficiency and a brighter future.

The action plan by Canada Post is aimed at improving the corporation’s aim to improve its finances involves wiping out much of home delivery mail service.

We do not know if other alternatives explored before this plan was hatched?

Canada Post has some serious financial problems.

But, getting rid of the home delivery service will not be easily accepted by the majority of Canadians, particularly the seniors.

Canada Post announced its daring and bold plan to curtail home mail delivery the day after parliament adjourned just before Christmas for its year-end recess.

This means our MPs did not get the opportunity to comment or debate this important issue.

Days after the decision was announced, Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says Canada Post’s plan will restore the ailing corporation to self-sufficiency.

The plan has raised the ire of opposition MPs who say other options should be explored and Canadians should not be charged more for less service.

Raitt, who appeared on CTV’s Question Period said the plan will help Canada Post cope with plummeting mail volume and increased operational costs.

“We know that they’re losing a significant amount of money and we also know that they have a responsibility to be self-sufficient,” Raitt said.

Apart from the end to home delivery, Canada Post will increase the price of stamps and reduce its labor force.

Canada Post plans to eliminate several thousand jobs, mostly through attrition

Canada Post office, like others around the world, has seen overall revenue decline, as people turn to e mail and the Internet to correspond with friends and relatives and pay bills.

There is definitely a huge shift in consumer demand and consumer behavior occurring.

We have seen and experienced this.

We no longer use the postal service like in the past.

In 2012, Canada Post delivered one billion fewer letters than it did in 2006.

Canada Post officials strongly believe this decline will continue in the coming years.

 Many countries in Europe have eliminated mail monopolies or privatized postal operations.

“When you take a look at the models around the world – certainly in the United Kingdom – they’re far ahead of us,” Raitt said.

Around 70 per cent of Canadians now enjoy home delivery.

The rest receive their mails by community mail boxes.

Eliminating home service is not the way to go.

There must be other ways to cut expenses.

How about delivering mail only three times a week rather than five?

Was this option ever considered?

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Canada, Europe, United Kingdom

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