Libby speaking out on Canada Post service delays

Stewart Bacon, President and Chief Executive Officer
Canada Post Corporation
2701 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0B1

Dear Mr. Bacon,

RE: Delay of Mail Service

I am writing to express my concerns about an apparent absentee policy that I have just heard about at Canada Post, whereby mail sits undelivered when letter carriers are away. Specifically, no one is called to replace them and therefore mail delivery is delayed.

My colleague, Alex Atamanenko (MP for BC Southern Interior), has recently written on this same matter, and I concur with his points. Service must not be compromised when carriers are absent, as many are dependent on the timely delivery of mail, especially if the mail includes something as important as cheques. In a riding like Vancouver East, the timely delivery of cheques makes the difference between eating or going hungry; or paying the rent or risking eviction.

Further, I am concerned that this policy may be in contravention of the collective agreement, the Canada Post Service Charter, and the Canada Post Act.

Canada has historically had a strong public postal system and I urge you to ensure that this remains the case. I would appreciate a reply as to how and why this policy is in place and what could be done to rectify it.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,
Libby Davies, MP (Vancouver East)

This Open Letter to Ministers & Public Officials was posted on September 13, 2010