Includes door-to-door petition drive
Newfoundland MP Ryan Cleary and St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe say they are sticking together to try to stamp out proposed cuts to Canada Post.
Both are circulating a petition condemning what they say are reduced postal services by the federal government. A news release states that councils in Mount Pearl and Petty Harbour have also agreed to carry the petition in their offices. “The Harper (Conservatives) are absent of any vision for modernizing operations at Canada Post, one of the most treasured Canadian services,” said Cleary, the NDP MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. “Eliminating services, raises prices, and cutting jobs is no way to manage Canada Post.” The release notes that on Dec. 11, the day after the House of Commons closed for the fall session, Canada Post announced 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,” O’Keefe said. “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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall in St. John's 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 Cleary’s constituency office on Commonwealth Avenue in Mount Pearl. An electronic version of the petition can also be found at www.ryancleary.ca Cleary says he will be gathering names for the petition through a door-to-door drive today from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Masonic park in Mount Pearl.