August 29, 2008
Submission To The Canada Post Corporation
Canadian Union of Postal Workers - Toronto Local
August 29, 2008
Sent via email and electronically
Dear Panel Members:
Further to my submission on Bill C14, this is the
submission on behalf of the Toronto Local Executive and its members
to the Strategic Review on the deregulation of Canada
Deregulation would jeopardize universal postal
services. Canada Post provides affordable, reliable, and
secure services to the public. They also provide services to
every location in the country regardless of how remote it may be,
which allows the public to communicate with relatives and people in
other communities. Affordable business rates are good for the
economy; they allow small business the opportunity to be competitive
with reasonable postage rates.
Deregulation would result in higher prices,
reduced services or both. It is a proven fact that countries
that have deregulated the mail have a higher standard postage
rate. That once the domestic letter market is deregulated, the
competition then focuses on the profitable urban areas and business
mail. The rural and suburban areas are not lucrative; these
Canadians would have no service, which would be a disgrace on the
Government and Canada Post as an organization.
As well as a loss of service to the public,
deregulation will result in lower paying jobs and benefits.
This also has a very negative impact on the community. It is
imperative that these issues are discussed during your meetings with
a resolution as an outcome. Postal services are for all
Canadians not just the top 200 big businesses. Therefore, it
is remarkable that the Canadian Public cannot intervene or direct
the future of their post office. It is a known fact
that the Canadian Postal Service is one of the finest in the world,
why fix what is not broken.
Security of the mail is of the utmost importance
to Canadians, with the high rise in identity theft, the public
should feel confident that their mail is sorted and delivered by
employees who are specifically trained to deal with all aspects in
the security of mail. Canada Post has an extensive security
system that allows the public and business to feel confident that
the mail entrusted to be delivered will be private and secure.
Postal workers take great pride in the work they do at Canada Post
and in the community they serve.
Deregulation would also cause harm to the
outreach service postal workers provide to their communities, such
as notifying authorities when a build up of mail at a senior’s
residence or any address is observed. There have been numerous
times that letter carriers have noticed a problem and notified
emergency services to help the public. In some cases, the
letter carrier is the only person that the customer speaks to on a
daily basis. This service greatly affects the public. It
is also a service that the employee’s take very seriously, and take
pride in community involvement.
With deregulation, it would cause the market to
open up and would take more vehicles to deliver the mail, which
would cause a huge impact on our environment. The more
competition entering the letter market would also put more financial
pressure on Canada Post. This would reduce the ability for the
Government to insist that mail delivery be environmentally friendly
as a role model and a great leader in environmental
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers Toronto
Local respectfully submits this submission on behalf of the
Executive and our members.
Toronto Local President
47 Densley Ave.
North York, On. M6M 5A8