MP, mayor to deliver opposition to proposed Canada Post cuts

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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.

Ryan Cleary

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.

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  • Gerry
    January 15, 2014 - 14:36

    Hey Townies. Canada Post has been degrading service in rural Canada for years. Supermailboxes and closing post offices in rural Canada is the norm not the exception. There is no difference in townies walking to get the mail than rural folks. Townies are more used to being pampered that is all. In the meantime, long before we had any amount of snow on the ground this year I was walking in the vicinity of Henry St. and Water St. in St. Johns and it was safer to walk in traffic on the street than on the sidewalk due to ice buildup on these same sidewalks. If Mayor Okeefe is so worried about his seniors he should concentrate on keeping his sidewalks clear so that all citizens, seniors and non seniors have a safe walking experience.

  • david
    January 13, 2014 - 18:11

    Canada Post is a longtime bankrupt service. But the province most dependent on government for EVERYTHING...because it has no private sector, no economy, almost no small business, pretty much no anything BUT government.....is upset about any reduction in government anything. It's completely predictable, 100% out-of-step with places dominated by taxPAYERS rather than taxTAKERS. Greedy, selfish, clueless BS.

    • Douglas
      January 25, 2014 - 15:47

      You are VERY misinformed Canada Post has made a profit 17 of the last 18 years. That year 2011 was due to a 30 year pay equity case. In the last 10 years Canada Post has paid the Government $1.5 billion. So that letter carrier at your mailbox isn't costing you money they're making you money!!

  • Jay
    January 13, 2014 - 18:02

    Keeping your sidewalk clear is a full time job in this city, and the residents are not to blame for the mess we've been in. O'Keefe is being well paid to be mayor of this city. Perhaps he should concentrate on municipal issues such as developing a snow clearing strategy rather than competing with Ryan Cleary for photo-ops on a decision which has already been made.

  • Westender
    January 13, 2014 - 15:21

    As I drove along Waterford Bridge Rd today at about 2:30 pm,I witnessed a young female postal worker trying to deliver mail,as she was leaving the driveway she almost slid out in front of my car,keep in mind she was on foot not driving a van.If these home owners cannot keep their property clear then they deserve to pick up their mail at the nearest postal outlet,I'm sure there are a lot of homeowners that are guilty of this.I am not a postal worker or any kind of delivery person,and yes I do keep my driveway and walkway free from ice and dog dirt.

  • Dolf
    January 13, 2014 - 14:25

    Cleary and O'Keefe are coming to town! The polititian who's eventually on the receiving end of this petition must already be cringing in his or her boots.

  • Jack
    January 13, 2014 - 13:18

    The cuts that Canada Post announced to go into effect over the next 5 years will have no impact on the 2/3 of Canadians who do not have daily delivery to their homes. The service will be the same for all homes when these changes come into effect. Canada Post has to react and move with the times. The volume of mail is way down and going to continue to decline with the rise in internet services. It does not matter how good the service is or how well the post office is managed or not managed.....the day of cutting down trees to make paper to mail across the country has passed. For those people who still get mail delivered to their homes, I suggest they have a look at exactly what they still have coming in the mail. If you get a bill in the mail, and can't get it electronically, then you must also be mailing out a cheque. If you can mail out a cheque, can't you go out and get your mail? There is nothing that comes in the mail that is so time sensitive that it has to be received on that particular day. Most people who have to go out to get their mail have learned that they can survive by getting it once or twice per week. If something is that important, it is not going in the mail. Mail delivery is to a large extent a subsidy for large businesses that use the mail service to mail out flyers. Everything that Canada Post does, costs more than they charge for the service.....they are operating a huge loss. So why should 2/3 of Canadians be subsidizing a service for large companies and the minority who want their mail laid on their doorstep everyday? Door to door mail service has gone or should go the way of horse shoe making. No doubt there are older people and people with disabilities who will be inconvenienced by this change. I think they will find ways to work around it, just as the 2/3 of all the other older or disabled people have. The mayor should concentrate on running the city.

  • Guy Incognito
    January 13, 2014 - 12:33

    Hey Doc...maybe you should worry about your own problems before you stick you nose in other people's business. He must be thanking god for the mild weather cutting the snow.....

  • Guy Incognito
    January 13, 2014 - 12:32

    Hey Doc...maybe you should worry about your own problems before you stick you nose in other people's business. He must be thanking god for the mild weather cutting the snow.....