I was prompted to write this letter as a result of a notice enclosed in our most recent PUC bill from the Town of Parry Sound.
It addresses the latest maneuver by Canada Post to discontinue the practice of sorting our local mail here in Parry Sound and rather shipping it approximately 300 miles return trip to Toronto.
I am a local resident of 50 years plus, my whole life, as well as retired postal worker of 30 years plus here in Parry Sound.
Therefore, I feel I am rather qualified to speak on this subject.
The higher levels of Canada Post have made this grand decision to do our local sort in Toronto as opposed to right here in Parry Sound where it is posted.
This concept is both ridiculous and counter productive.
One would think that common sense would prevail especially in this day and age of stiff competition with electronic mail where Canada Post is losing a lot of its business and revenue to their competitors.
The old adage is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
When you have an extremely good service, that works well, which the local mail sort is, you maintain and improve it, you don’t destroy it.
To quote the Parry Sound Power Corporation Notice it reads: What does this mean to our customers? This means mail may now take up to a week to be delivered. In the past, local mail delivered to the post office by 4:30 p.m. was generally delivered the next day: End of quote.
Realistically, they are correct.
Contrary to popular belief, postal workers are not government employees. The post office has not been a government agency since 1981.
At this time the post office became a Crown corporation.
The mandate of a Crown corporation is to provide good reliable service to the Canadian public while governing itself and maintaining a profit margin where there is little to no cost to taxpayers. Canada Post Corporation has done a very good job specifically in the last 30 years plus to achieve this goal.
The role of the federal government is to oversee this Crown corporation.
Keeping this in mind, I urge my fellow residents of Parry Sound and area to contact our local MP by whatever means to maintain our local mail sort in our local post offices.
It’s the right thing to do since this affects all local post offices across this beautiful country of ours!