To the Editor,
The government is currently conducting a public review of Canada Post. Canada Post is the country’s largest retail and logistics network, and as a Crown Corporation, all of us own it. We’ve had years of service cuts and increased prices. Contrary to popular belief, our postal service is profitable, and has been for most of the past two decades. It’s time to try something different.
The post office can deliver more than mail. The government should adopt the Delivering Community Power proposal, which includes postal banking, services for seniors, and coast-to-coast charging stations for electric cars.
Why should we adopt postal banking? Canada’s big banks took in $35 billion, in profits last year, while cutting jobs and raising service fees, at the same time.
Many communities across Canada have post offices, but no bank branches. A postal bank is an affordable, local solution, which can also invest in the community.
Dozens of countries around the world, including New Zealand, France and Italy, have profitable and successful postal banking services. There’s no reason why we can’t, as well. How can Canada Post support a green economy in Canada?
Canada has far to go to meet the emissions reductions we committed to, at the Paris climate conference. Renewable energy has huge economic potential for Canada. We can create hundreds of thousands of jobs by making the shift.
Interested readers can learn more, at DeliveringCommunityPower.ca, by contacting Peter Callens in Uxbridge, at email@example.com, or phoning 905-862-2518
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