Today, the results of the review of Canada Post were released. Our Government has decided to put a permanent freeze on the establishment of new Community Mailboxes and call on the new Canada Post leadership to design and implement an enhanced accessibility program for seniors and persons with disabilities. This is undoubtedly good news for those who presently enjoy home mail delivery and those who need additional accommodations to receive the core service of mail and parcel delivery. However, it does not reverse the steps taken in 2015 to eliminate all home mail delivery in Charlottetown.
For many, this is disappointing news. Over the last two years, I have taken every opportunity to try to encourage a different result. This included pressing the case directly with elected and non-elected officials at the highest levels. I also testified before the Parliamentary Committee examining this issue, and was quite encouraged when that Committee recommended that all Community Mailboxes installed after the last election was called be decommissioned. That would have included many homes in Charlottetown. Government, however, decided not to adopt that recommendation.
Many constituents were very upset when they lost home mail delivery. Some still are. I have, however, also heard from many that they are now comfortable with their Community Mailboxes, and that it would be a waste of tax dollars to remove the boxes now.
To those who are unhappy with Government’s decision, I am sorry. I did my best, and I share your disappointment.