Sunday, February 17, 2013

It is time to rein in Canada Post, Government of Canada.

Canada Post, an "arms length" Crown corporation, is selling two more post offices in Montreal:
4944 Decarie Boulevard in Snowden
5751 Sherbrooke Street West in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, which will be closed on February 15, 2013.

In September of 2012, the Crown corporation sold four Toronto post offices, including:
Postal Station K at 2384 Yonge Street, the Montgomery's Tavern National Historic Site of Canada; and
50 Charles Street in Rosedale.  
Canadians are justifiably fed up with the actions of an increasingly out-of-touch, autocratic, unaccountable  and greedy Crown corporation.
We are told---Canada Post is redundant, everyone is using e-mail these days. Well, many Canadians cannot afford wireless devices and the Internet. Personally, if I had to choose between paying for a roof over my head and paying for the Internet, I'd pay the landlord..And my heating bills are enormous.
We are told---you can buy stamps, mail letters, pick up packages, substations. Well, I'd rather deal directly with a Canada Post representative than with a convenience store clerk; who is not even wearing a Canada Post uniform, who never had to swear an Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen.
According to the Canada Post Corporation Act (1985), CPC "may acquire  hold, lease, sell or dispose of any real or personal property" and CPC can borrow five hundred million dollars from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. Five hundred million dollars? And who is really profiting, from the sale of post offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Kanata, Winnipeg, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Snowden, and rural Canada?
Postal Station K in Toronto and 5751 Sherbrooke West in Montreal are magnificent buildings. You are beyond contempt, Canada Post...You have no respect for the ordinary people of this nation, for whom you are obligated to provide a SERVICE. Do not pretend that you run a corporation, that desperately needs money in order to survive. Taxpayers give Canada Post millions of dollars a year--- to pay unionized workers, to pay for the maintenance of buildings, to provide mail delivery five times a week.
Do not cut mail delivery to three times a week.
Stop selling buildings and land.
Do not threaten to cut more services to rural Canadians, many of whom cannot afford the Internet.
Just a few of the Canada Post real estate holdings in Montreal, 20 years ago. (From: "The 1992 Federal Directory of Real Property.").
5751 Sherbrooke, Montreal
Postal Station K, Toronto.

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