NDP promises to resume door-to-door mail delivery for Hamiltonians

News May 21, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The federal New Democrats will restore door-to-door mail delivery to affected communities, if the party forms the next government, says David Christopherson, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre.

“We will end Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and re-instate the delivery in the communities that were affected,” said Christopherson.

He said that means any Hamilton households that have experienced the loss of door-to-door mail delivery will see it returned.

“We will eliminate any plans to make any further conversions,” said Christopherson. “And we will change back to door-to-door (for) anybody that had their mail service cancelled.”

Christopherson, who made the announcement May 21 at Hamilton City Hall accompanied by Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MP Wayne Marston, and Mountain councillor and Hamilton Mountain NDP MP candidate Scott Duvall, says reversing Canada Post’s installation of super mailboxes across the country could involve changing legislation. The MP didn’t provide any cost estimates to reversing door-to-door delivery.

But he pointed out Canada Post is one of the most financially successful Crown agencies, which made $200 million last year.

The Liberals have not stated it will re-instate Canada Post’s door-to-door mail delivery, but recently leader Justin Trudeau has applauded the cities taking legal action against the agency.

Canada Post is in the second year of a controversial five-year plan to phase out door-to-door delivery for more than 5 million households across the country. Hamilton Mountain residents and ward councillors have been fighting Canada Post’s contractors as they continue to install super mailboxes to about 36,000 households despite the city’s recently approved bylaw.

About 100,000 Canadian households have seen the end of door-to-door delivery in 2014, and another 900,000 are scheduled to see community mailboxes in their neighbourhoods this year.

The NDP’s promise comes when Hamilton and Canada Post are about to take their fight over super mailboxes to Ontario Superior Court May 25.

Hamilton recently passed an amendment to its roads and maintenance bylaw that requests Canada Post to pay a $200 permit, and also follow requirements when installing super mail boxes. Canada Post has argued the bylaw doesn’t impact Canada Post and it should be invalidated.

Hamilton has been joined by some Montreal-area mayors who are challenging the phase out of home delivery. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which says the elimination of door-to-door deliver will eliminate up to 8,000 employees, has already launched a court challenge.

Canada Post officials have argued the move is necessary for the organization to remain financially viable.

But Christopherson said the five-year plan was adopted without any consultation with the public, and ignoring what other countries have done to improve home delivery. He said part of the NDP’s plan is to consult with the public to revise Canada Post’s five year plan.

“We don’t even know what options the government considered,” said Christopherson. “That meaningful dialogue needs to take place. We are not the only ones to face these kinds of pressures on our mail delivery. Let’s have a national discussion about how we want Canada Post to work.”

 

NDP promises to resume door-to-door mail delivery for Hamiltonians

News May 21, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The federal New Democrats will restore door-to-door mail delivery to affected communities, if the party forms the next government, says David Christopherson, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre.

“We will end Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and re-instate the delivery in the communities that were affected,” said Christopherson.

He said that means any Hamilton households that have experienced the loss of door-to-door mail delivery will see it returned.

“We will eliminate any plans to make any further conversions,” said Christopherson. “And we will change back to door-to-door (for) anybody that had their mail service cancelled.”

Christopherson, who made the announcement May 21 at Hamilton City Hall accompanied by Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MP Wayne Marston, and Mountain councillor and Hamilton Mountain NDP MP candidate Scott Duvall, says reversing Canada Post’s installation of super mailboxes across the country could involve changing legislation. The MP didn’t provide any cost estimates to reversing door-to-door delivery.

But he pointed out Canada Post is one of the most financially successful Crown agencies, which made $200 million last year.

The Liberals have not stated it will re-instate Canada Post’s door-to-door mail delivery, but recently leader Justin Trudeau has applauded the cities taking legal action against the agency.

Canada Post is in the second year of a controversial five-year plan to phase out door-to-door delivery for more than 5 million households across the country. Hamilton Mountain residents and ward councillors have been fighting Canada Post’s contractors as they continue to install super mailboxes to about 36,000 households despite the city’s recently approved bylaw.

About 100,000 Canadian households have seen the end of door-to-door delivery in 2014, and another 900,000 are scheduled to see community mailboxes in their neighbourhoods this year.

The NDP’s promise comes when Hamilton and Canada Post are about to take their fight over super mailboxes to Ontario Superior Court May 25.

Hamilton recently passed an amendment to its roads and maintenance bylaw that requests Canada Post to pay a $200 permit, and also follow requirements when installing super mail boxes. Canada Post has argued the bylaw doesn’t impact Canada Post and it should be invalidated.

Hamilton has been joined by some Montreal-area mayors who are challenging the phase out of home delivery. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which says the elimination of door-to-door deliver will eliminate up to 8,000 employees, has already launched a court challenge.

Canada Post officials have argued the move is necessary for the organization to remain financially viable.

But Christopherson said the five-year plan was adopted without any consultation with the public, and ignoring what other countries have done to improve home delivery. He said part of the NDP’s plan is to consult with the public to revise Canada Post’s five year plan.

“We don’t even know what options the government considered,” said Christopherson. “That meaningful dialogue needs to take place. We are not the only ones to face these kinds of pressures on our mail delivery. Let’s have a national discussion about how we want Canada Post to work.”

 

NDP promises to resume door-to-door mail delivery for Hamiltonians

News May 21, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The federal New Democrats will restore door-to-door mail delivery to affected communities, if the party forms the next government, says David Christopherson, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre.

“We will end Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and re-instate the delivery in the communities that were affected,” said Christopherson.

He said that means any Hamilton households that have experienced the loss of door-to-door mail delivery will see it returned.

“We will eliminate any plans to make any further conversions,” said Christopherson. “And we will change back to door-to-door (for) anybody that had their mail service cancelled.”

Christopherson, who made the announcement May 21 at Hamilton City Hall accompanied by Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MP Wayne Marston, and Mountain councillor and Hamilton Mountain NDP MP candidate Scott Duvall, says reversing Canada Post’s installation of super mailboxes across the country could involve changing legislation. The MP didn’t provide any cost estimates to reversing door-to-door delivery.

But he pointed out Canada Post is one of the most financially successful Crown agencies, which made $200 million last year.

The Liberals have not stated it will re-instate Canada Post’s door-to-door mail delivery, but recently leader Justin Trudeau has applauded the cities taking legal action against the agency.

Canada Post is in the second year of a controversial five-year plan to phase out door-to-door delivery for more than 5 million households across the country. Hamilton Mountain residents and ward councillors have been fighting Canada Post’s contractors as they continue to install super mailboxes to about 36,000 households despite the city’s recently approved bylaw.

About 100,000 Canadian households have seen the end of door-to-door delivery in 2014, and another 900,000 are scheduled to see community mailboxes in their neighbourhoods this year.

The NDP’s promise comes when Hamilton and Canada Post are about to take their fight over super mailboxes to Ontario Superior Court May 25.

Hamilton recently passed an amendment to its roads and maintenance bylaw that requests Canada Post to pay a $200 permit, and also follow requirements when installing super mail boxes. Canada Post has argued the bylaw doesn’t impact Canada Post and it should be invalidated.

Hamilton has been joined by some Montreal-area mayors who are challenging the phase out of home delivery. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which says the elimination of door-to-door deliver will eliminate up to 8,000 employees, has already launched a court challenge.

Canada Post officials have argued the move is necessary for the organization to remain financially viable.

But Christopherson said the five-year plan was adopted without any consultation with the public, and ignoring what other countries have done to improve home delivery. He said part of the NDP’s plan is to consult with the public to revise Canada Post’s five year plan.

“We don’t even know what options the government considered,” said Christopherson. “That meaningful dialogue needs to take place. We are not the only ones to face these kinds of pressures on our mail delivery. Let’s have a national discussion about how we want Canada Post to work.”