Mooney says the changes announced by Canada Post will result in big job losses across the country while postage fees will increase.
“The five point plan that Canada Post announced includes the unprecedented increases on postal rates, the elimination of door to door delivery, the replacing of public post offices to private outlets or franchises, and the elimination of 8,000 jobs, the equivalent of taking $400 million out of the Canadian economy each year.” she says.
Mooney adds that the changes will also have an impact on Fort St. John specifically as well, such as allocating funds for adding community mail boxes .
“Municipalities like Fort St. John will have to adjust in more ways than one,” she states. “The City will be required to work with Canada Post to identify the best locations suitable for CMB’s [community mail boxes] where they are not already placed. The City will have to redirect resources for this task. Many cities have already complained about Canada Post not doing a proper consultation process before announcing the changes. It’s unclear exactly how much the changes made by Canada Post will affect the City financially at this point. With the cost of postage stamps raising up to 60 per cent, cities like Fort St. John will need to take a close look at ways to offset these costs.”
Mooney notes that part of the objectives stated in the Canada Post Corporation Act are to improve products and services, to conduct operations on a self sustaining basis while meeting the needs of Canadians, and to conduct operations that will provide the security of mail. She says the act is still in effect and requested that City Council vote in favour of a resolution that opposed to Canada Post’s changes.
“We’re asking the Fort St. John City Council, on behalf of the citizens and business of Fort St. John to send a message to the federal government to respect this mandate. Canadians are the true owners of Canada Post and we should be the ones to determine its future. Canada Post is a public sector success story that can provide needed services to Canadians and jobs to our communities.”
As it is the policy of Fort St. John City Council not to make decisions in front of the delegations, the issue will be discussed by Council at a later date.