Canada Post: Harper’s Conservatives Vote to Kill Door-to-Door Mail Delivery

Update: see previous posts – January 13, 2014 Canada Post: President/CEO Deepak Chopra On Non-Delivery of Mail After Ice Storm “I should have … I should have spoken earlier,”, January 1, 2014 Canada: Federal Conservatives Want to Fix Everyone Else’s Pensions/Benefits, But Not Their Own, December 31, 2013 Harper must defend consumers in mail cuts: Roseman, December 11, 2013 Canada Post: We Won’t Deliver (To Urban Homes Anymore), November 20, 2013 Canada Post: Settles $5 Million Lawsuit – Court Orders That Canada Post Will End Expressing Volumetric Weight in Units of Weight by October 30, 2015., August 21, 2013 Canada Post: Offers $5 million to End Shipping Charges Lawsuit

The Harper Conservatives voted against NDP MP and Transport Critic's Motion to maintain door to door delivery. About 2,000 people march through the streets in support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who rallied outside Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office below Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Sunday January 26 2014. They were protesting against Canada Post's cuts of door-to-door mail delivery.
The Harper Conservatives voted against NDP MP and Transport Critic Olivia Chow’s Motion to maintain door to door delivery. On Sunday, January 26, 2014 about 2,000 people marched through the streets in support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who rallied outside Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office below Parliament Hill in Ottawa. They were protesting against Canada Post’s cuts of door-to-door mail delivery.

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In the wake of Canada Post’s irresponsible decision to end door-to-door mail delivery the NDP has introduced an Opposition Day motion supporting the maintenance of this valuable service.

“The NDP is proud to stand with seniors, postal workers, people with disabilities, municipalities, charities and small businesses in the right to keep home delivery,” said NDP Transport critic, Olivia Chow (Trinity–Spadina) whose motion will be debated on Tuesday in the House.

The Conservatives waited until after the end of the fall session to announce the plan to eliminate jobs, raise prices by 30 per cent and cut business hours. The NDP has been clear from the start: Canadians should not pay more for less service.

“For Canada to become the only G7 country without home delivery would be another mark of shame delivered by the Conservatives,” said NDP Labor critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite Patrie) at a Parliament Hill rally today.

Chow’s motion reads as follows:

“That, in the opinion of the House, door-to-door mail delivery is a valuable service provided by Canada Post and that this House express its opposition to Canada becoming the only country in the G7 without such a service.

Olivia Chow moved the following motion on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the House of Commons. The Harper Conservatives, who hold a majority, voted against her motion. This is what transpired:

Official Opposition Transport critic NDP Olivia Chow (Trinity—Spadina) made the following statement on the defeat of her motion to maintain door-to-door mail delivery:

For over a century, Canadians have depended on Canada Post. With Conservatives’ approval, Canada Post executives are planning to cut mail delivery, hike prices, reduce rural post office hours and kill jobs.

Canada Post says it will unveil in the next two weeks which areas of the country will be the first to be switched from door-to-door to community mailboxes, as part of the phasing out of home deliveries. “We're going to start more in the areas where you already find community mailboxes nearby, where it will be easier to move forward and then work through the challenges as we go,” he said Monday.
Canada Post says it will unveil in the next two weeks (Feb. 2014) which areas of the country will be the first to be switched from door-to-door to community mailboxes, as part of the phasing out of home deliveries. “We’re going to start more in the areas where you already find community mailboxes nearby, where it will be easier to move forward and then work through the challenges as we go,” he said Monday.

A responsible government would have proposed solutions to improve service and attract new customers. Other countries have utilized innovations such as e-commerce and financial services to generate more revenue. Now under the Conservatives, Canada will be the only G7 country without door-to-door mail delivery.

New Democrats know that reliable, affordable and accessible mail delivery is vital to Canadians. This is why we immediately recalled the Transportation Committee for an emergency meeting to review the implications of Canada Post’s disastrous decision. Today NDP’s motion generated a full day of debate in the House of Commons in support of the maintenance of this valuable service.

The debate by all the parties went on all day.  The line-up for the motion included the NDP and the Liberals, while the Conservative party, that holds a majority, all lined-up against the motion (this didn’t come as a surprise, as they went on record as fully supporting Canada Posts President/CEO Deepak Chopra’s five-point plan, two hours after he announced it on December 11, 2013).

The debate started at approximately 10:25 a.m. and came to a close at 5:15 p.m. on January 28, 2014; a vote on the motion was held. The results – 146 nays and 128 yeas. The motion was defeated by 19 votes. The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton) said: “I declare the motion lost”.

The enlightening debate can be found in the House of Commons Debates, Official Report (EDITED HANSARD) Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Volume 147, Number 036, 2nd Session, 41st Parliment.

By voting against the NDP motion, the Conservatives are ignoring the wishes of ordinary Canadians and small businesses. Instead, they are listening only to Canada Post’s CEO, who claimed that seniors need to get more exercise to pick up their mail. What nonsense.

Canada Post says that only one third of households still get door-to-door delivery (Underlying message: They are a pampered few). The media has interpreted this to mean that two thirds of households don't get home delivery. The fact is that close to two thirds of households (63%) in our country currently get home delivery. While 33% of households receive door-to-door delivery, another 25% get mail delivered to the entrance of their apartment building and another 5% get delivery to their homes by way of a rural mailbox. Only 25% of households receive delivery to a community mailbox, group mailbox or kiosk. Another 12% get their mail through a postal box or by general delivery at a post office.
Canada Post says that only one third of households still get door-to-door delivery (Underlying message: They are a pampered few). The media has interpreted this to mean that two thirds of households don’t get home delivery.
The fact is that close to two thirds of households (63%) in our country currently get home delivery.
While 33% of households receive door-to-door delivery, another 25% get mail delivered to the entrance of their apartment building and another 5% get delivery to their homes by way of a rural mailbox.
Only 25% of households receive delivery to a community mailbox, group mailbox or kiosk.
Another 12% get their mail through a postal box or by general delivery at a post office.

 

Members of Parliment that voted for and against motion to preserve door-to-door delivery:

(The House divided on the motion, which was negatived on the following division:)
(Division No. 42)

YEAS MembersAllen (Welland)
Andrews
Angus
Ashton
Atamanenko
Aubin
Ayala
Bélanger
Bellavance
Bennett
Benskin
Blanchette
Blanchette-Lamothe
Boivin
Borg
Boulerice
Brahmi
Brison
Brosseau
Byrne
Caron
Cash
Charlton
Chicoine
Chisholm
Choquette
Chow
Christopherson
Cleary
Comartin
Côté
Crowder
Cullen
Cuzner
Davies (Vancouver Kingsway)
Day
Dewar
Dion
Dionne Labelle
Donnelly
Doré Lefebvre
Dubé
Dubourg
Duncan (Etobicoke North)
Dusseault
Easter
Eyking
Foote
Freeland
Freeman
Fry
Garrison
Genest
Genest-Jourdain
Giguère
Godin
Goodale
Gravelle
Groguhé
Harris (Scarborough Southwest)
Harris (St. John’s East)
Hsu
Hughes
Hyer
Jacob
Julian
Karygiannis
Kellway
Lamoureux
Larose
Laverdière
LeBlanc (Beauséjour)
Leslie
Liu
MacAulay
Mai
Marston
Martin
Masse
Mathyssen
May
McCallum
McGuinty
McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood)
Michaud
Moore (Abitibi—Témiscamingue)
Morin (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord)
Morin (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine)
Morin (Laurentides—Labelle)
Morin (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot)
Mourani
Mulcair
Murray
Nantel
Nash
Nicholls
Nunez-Melo
Pacetti
Papillon
Péclet
Perreault
Pilon
Plamondon
Quach
Rafferty
Rankin
Ravignat
Raynault
Regan
Rousseau
Saganash
Sandhu
Scarpaleggia
Scott
Sellah
Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor)
Sims (Newton—North Delta)
Sitsabaiesan
St-Denis
Stewart
Stoffer
Sullivan
Thibeault
Toone
Tremblay
Trudeau
Turmel
Valeriote

Total: — 128

 

NAYS MembersAblonczy
Adams
Adler
Aglukkaq
Albas
Albrecht
Alexander
Allen (Tobique—Mactaquac)
Allison
Ambrose
Anders
Anderson
Ashfield
Aspin
Baird
Bateman
Benoit
Bergen
Bernier
Bezan
Blaney
Block
Boughen
Braid
Breitkreuz
Brown (Leeds—Grenville)
Brown (Newmarket—Aurora)
Brown (Barrie)
Bruinooge
Butt
Calandra
Calkins
Cannan
Carmichael
Carrie
Chong
Clarke
Clement
Crockatt
Davidson
Dechert
Devolin
Dreeshen
Duncan (Vancouver Island North)
Dykstra
Falk
Fantino
Fast
Findlay (Delta—Richmond East)
Finley (Haldimand—Norfolk)
Flaherty
Fletcher
Galipeau
Gallant
Gill
Glover
Goguen
Goodyear
Gosal
Gourde
Harper
Harris (Cariboo—Prince George)
Hawn
Hayes
Hiebert
Hillyer
Hoback
Holder
James
Kamp (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission)
Keddy (South Shore—St. Margaret’s)
Kenney (Calgary Southeast)
Kent
Kerr
Komarnicki
Kramp (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Lake
Lauzon
Lebel
Leitch
Lemieux
Leung
Lizon
Lobb
Lukiwski
Lunney
MacKay (Central Nova)
MacKenzie
Maguire
Mayes
McColeman
McLeod
Menegakis
Merrifield
Miller
Moore (Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam)
Moore (Fundy Royal)
Nicholson
Norlock
O’Connor
Oliver
O’Neill Gordon
Opitz
O’Toole
Paradis
Payne
Poilievre
Preston
Raitt
Rajotte
Reid
Rempel
Richards
Rickford
Ritz
Saxton
Schellenberger
Shea
Shipley
Shory
Smith
Sopuck
Sorenson
Storseth
Sweet
Tilson
Toet
Trost
Trottier
Truppe
Uppal
Valcourt
Van Kesteren
Van Loan
Vellacott
Wallace
Watson
Weston (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country)
Weston (Saint John)
Wilks
Williamson
Wong
Woodworth
Young (Oakville)
Young (Vancouver South)
Zimmer

Total: — 146

 

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