Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done his best to place Crown Corporations in an unfavourable light to the Canadian public.
Royal Mail Canada (which was later and currently branded as Canada Post Corporation) began Canadian home delivery in 1693. Now Stephen Harper, through the man he appointed as Canada Post’s CEO/President, Deepak Chopra, wants to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery for all Canadians. At the same time, after damaging Canada Post’s reputation, he is doing his best to provide the groundwork and environment to close post offices, to deregulate and to privatize.
The strategy isn’t new. Ensure that a Corporation receives bad press, hint that they are in trouble and that there is a crisis (when none exists) and convince the public that there is an absolute need for an immediate and urgent overhaul and followed by privatization, in which their Conservative friends who are looking for a firesale, can quickly and inexpensively buy up the spoils of the Crown Corporation they have purposely neglected into the ground.
In the January 28, 2014 debate in the House of Commons, in which federal M.P. Olivia Chow moved a motion to rescind the Canada Post Corporation’s decision to end door-to-door delivery for Canadians, Mr. David McGuinty (Ottawa South, Lib.) said the following, as reflected in the Edited Hansard 036:
“….The government’s ultimate intention is to drive Canada Post into privatization.”
“They (the Federal Conservative party) take cherished Canadian public services like the postal service, they take the corporation involved in delivering that cherished public service, and they begin to run it down. They begin to talk negatively about it. They begin to talk about its being too expensive. They talk about it as being, in the case of Atomic Energy, a sinkhole costing all kinds of money. They run down the asset and then they turn around say, “We really would like to see this asset privatized”. It is part of the conditioning that the Conservatives use as a tactic with respect to Canadian citizens, instead of spending better energy and good energy in trying to improve a plan on a go-forward basis to keep postal services for Canadians who deserve them.”
David McGuinty can see through Stephen Harper’s ultimate agenda and how the Conservative party convinces the public that ultimately they have no choice but to dismantle and then privatize public services.
Following the announcement by Canada Post on December 11, 2013 that door-to-door delivery would be eliminated, Conservative M.P. Lisa Raitt (Minister responsible for Canada Post) wholeheartedly agreed with the decision and supported it.
Canadians are not happy about losing their home delivery, despite Canada Post’s President and CEO Deepak Chopra informing the public that seniors enjoy the exercise when they are forced to walk to a community mailbox to pick up thier mail, versus receiving the mail at their homes. This decision severely impacts seniors, the disabled and many other Canadians.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have decided to launch a court challenge to Canada Post’s decision to eliminate door-to-door delivery. The Union has retained distinguished lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo, with over 40 years of experience, from the law firm Cavalluzzo Shilton Mcintyre Cornish LLP Barristers & Solicitors located in Toronto.
Mr. Paul J.J. Cavalluzzo was appointed to the Order of Canada on September 12, 2014. This honour recognized his dedication to the pursuit of social justice as both a constitutional and labour lawyer.
The argument in front of the courts will be grounded in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter“).
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued the following news release today:
“OTTAWA – Representatives from seniors’ groups and organizations for people with disabilities joined the Canadian Union of Postal Workers today to launch a major legal challenge to the attempt to end home mail delivery.
“In Canada, people should count, not just the bottom line,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The union announced today that a challenge will be filed in the Federal Court of Canada under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, asking the court to put a stop to Canada Post’s termination of home mail delivery. The challenge will also argue that this decision is beyond Canada Post’s authority and should be made by the Parliament of Canada which created Canada Post and defined its mandate.
“On December 11th, 2013, Canada Post announced that it would make Canada the only G8 country without home mail delivery. CEO Deepak Chopra’s bizarre statement that seniors would welcome the exercise of walking to collect their mail, as well as Canada Post’s subsequent requirement of a medical note to retain home delivery without any consultation with doctors has caused additional consternation.
This is one of the most important postal decisions which has ever been made since Canada Post was created in 1981,” said Paul Cavalluzzo, one of Canada’s foremost constitutional lawyers, who will be arguing the case on behalf of disabled and older Canadians.
While the Conservatives have attempted to distance themselves from Canada Post’s decision, they are clearly backing the end of home delivery. Those who are filing the challenge say the Conservatives should be held accountable for ramming this through without proper consultation or debate.”