Sunday, June 16, 2024

Reader Offers Thoughts on Canada Post

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The government is currently conducting a public review of Canada Post. This is the moment for people to speak up about what we want from our postal service.

The post office can deliver more than mail. The government should adopt the Delivering Community Power proposal, which calls for postal banking, services for seniors, and coast-to-coast charging stations for electric cars, among other ideas.

Canada Post is the country’s largest retail and logistics network — and as a Crown Corporation, all of us own it.

Contrary to popular belief, our postal service is profitable, and has been for most of the past two decades.

Why should we adopt postal banking? Canada’s big banks took in $35 billion in profits last year — while cutting jobs and raising service fees at the same time. Dozens of countries around the world, including New Zealand, France, and Italy, have profitable and successful postal banking services. There’s no reason why we can’t too. Renewable energy has huge economic potential for Canada. We can create hundreds of thousands of jobs by making the shift off of fossil fuels.

Interested readers can learn more at DeliveringCommunityPower.ca.

William Jones, Meaford

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