POP: Post Office Closures
Res #: POP 1-05A
Responses Received: No
Departments: Canada Post
Point of Privilege Resolution No. 1-05A
WHEREAS, the Canada Post Corporation is owned by and responsible to the Government of Canada; and
WHEREAS, the Government of Canada has issued an indefinite moratorium on rural post office closures; and
WHEREAS, the management of the Canada Post Corporation considers rural post offices to be a “heavy burden”; and
WHEREAS, the management of the Canada Post Corporation is currently closing rural post offices in violation of the moratorium issued by the Government of Canada;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby the Government of Canada to order the management of the Canada Post Corporation to immediately cease and desist the practice of closing rural Post Offices and that the Government of Canada order the management of the Canada Post Corporation to abandon all intent to close all rural Post Offices currently under review.
Reponse from Honourable John McCallum, Minister Responsible for Canada Post Corporation:
In 1994, the Government of Canada committed to a moratorium on rural post office closures. There are extraordinary circumstances that occasionally compel a closure and in such instances, Canada Post will consult with the affected communities and will notify me before taking any action. I am advised there is no intention for any closure of the kind you have referenced. I have forwarded a copy of your letter and resolution to Ms. Moya Greene, President of Canada Post, for her information.