Monday, January 13, 2014

'Eliminating services, raising prices, and cutting jobs is no way to manage Canada Post'

January 10th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MP AND MAYOR JOIN FORCES AGAINST CANADA POST CUTS

MP Ryan Cleary and St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe are joining forces against proposed cuts to Canada Post by the Harper government, and are circulating a petition condemning reduced services. Councils in Mount Pearl and Petty Harbour have also agreed to carry the petition in their offices.

“The Harper Cons are absent of any vision for modernizing operations at Canada Post, one of the most treasured Canadian services,” says Cleary, MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. “Eliminating services, raises prices, and cutting jobs is no way to manage Canada Post.”

On Dec. 11 – the day after the House of Commons closed for the fall session – Canada Post announced its sweeping cuts, with practically no public consultation.

“The elimination of home postal delivery and the exorbitant increase in postal rates will impact severely on all residents of St. John's and in particular on seniors and those with disabilities,” says St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe. “Canada Post and the Harper Government need to recommit to the responsibility of government to provide public services!”

A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14th, at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall to discuss the cuts to the mail service. The meeting is being organized by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Local 126.
The petition against cuts to Canada Post will be available at St. John’s City Hall, Mount Pearl City Hall, the Petty Harbour town office, and MP Cleary’s constituency office on Commonwealth Avenue in Mount Pearl. An electronic version of the petition can be found at ryancleary.ca

MP Cleary will be gathering names for the petition through a door-to-door drive this morning (10-11:30 am) and this afternoon (2-4 pm) at Masonic park in Mount Pearl.
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See an electronic version of the petition here.  


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