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.
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.
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:)