Prince Edward Island Senator Catherine Callbeck is expressing concern about the future of rural mail delivery as the result of planned changes in the federal budget bill.
Canada Post currently has sole responsibility for picking up and delivering this mail, and uses the profits to help cover the costs of unprofitable services, like rural mail delivery. As it loses this revenue to private companies, there is a concern that Canada Post will have to cut costs in areas like rural delivery.
"The question is, where will they get those dollars?" said Callbeck.
While Transport Canada officials noted that they do not expect to see any impact on rural service, Callbeck will continue to press for assurances that rural residents retain quality mail service.