Fighting for mail delivery

Published on January 10, 2014

A group of people left a local town hall meeting determined to do whatever they can to fight Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door to door mail delivery.

About 40 people gathered at the Truro branch of the Royal Canadian Legion Friday evening to voice their concerns to a panel consisting of Truro CUPW President Bobbi Jo Mattinson, MP Scott Armstrong, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor and MLA Lenore Zann. Canada Post was invited to send a representative but did not do so.

“CUPW opposes the elimination of door to door delivery service,” said Mattinson. “The effects of this would include job losses and difficulties for seniors and differently abled people.”

She stressed that Canadians need to make sure their voices are heard on this issue and encouraged people to write letters to MPs, create and sign petitions, call officials and put signs in their windows.

“If people aren’t saying they don’t want to lose door to door service they’re going to bowl over us,” she said.

County Councillor Lloyd Gibbs said he was concerned about seniors falling while trying to get their mail at community boxes and mentioned the comment made by Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra about seniors getting exercise while getting mail.

“That was an unfair comment,” he said. “I’m here to speak for these people and I think Canada Post is very wrong.”

His remarks were cheered by those in attendance.

MP Scott Armstrong said Canada Post has a mandate from the government to provide postal service without a deficit.

“Across the world there is far less mail being sent now than before,” he stated. “People are using digital means to communicate.”

He added that he is concerned about seniors and disabled people and will work with everyone to see they get the best service they can but changes have to be made and he believes door to door service will cease.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh pointed out that the number of parcels being shipped through Canada Post has increased significantly and that the organization’s pension plan is only in a deficit if it ceases operations.

“Senior executives are making huge salaries and there’s no talk of cutting there,” he said. “This is about privatization.”

Toni MacAfee, a local postal worker, said Canada Post is trying to decrease the volume of mail by taking steps such as moving the post office from the downtown area and advertising e-post on their vehicles.

“Canadians are not going to fall for this BS of a manufactured crisis,” she added. “We can fight this.”

Scott Armstrong said the most effective ways for citizens to make their wishes known to government are through letter writing and petitions (Which can be presented in the House of Commons if done in the correct format.).

Mattinson said another meeting will be held in the local area at a future date.