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News archive for December 17, 2013

Canada Post is following the right route, MP believes

Yukon MP Ryan Leef says Canada Post is moving in the right direction with its five-point plan to become financially sustainable.

By Ainslie Cruickshank on December 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Yukon MP Ryan Leef says Canada Post is moving in the right direction with its five-point plan to become financially sustainable.

“The viability and the sustainability of Canada Post is important, and it’s important that they are able to do that, really following their mandate, and Canada Post’s mandate is to fund their operations through revenues and through sales of their products and not by being a burden on Canadian taxpayers,” he told the Star today.

His government has no political control over Canada Post, he pointed out, as it’s an arm’s-length Crown corporation.

A key component of the corporation’s strategy, announced last Wednesday, is the end of home mail delivery and a transition over five years to community kiosk mail boxes.

According to a release by Canada Post, one third of Canadians still receive at-home mail delivery, and ending that service could save the corporation between $400 million and $500 million per year.

“Superboxes or the mailing box isn’t really new to the Yukon; it’s not new to Whitehorse at all,” Leef noted.

“I’ve been using a box since 2003, and people have been using them long, long before that,” the Conservative MP added about the change.

Most of the city’s newer neighbourhoods already use community mail boxes, he noted.

“It’s something that the consumer has to get used to,” he said.

Concerns have been raised about the impact of the changes on seniors and those with disabilities.

Leef, however, expects community mailboxes would be placed conveniently near seniors’ residences.

For those seniors who are living independently, he noted, they have to come into town for groceries and errands, and community boxes would be centrally located.

Beginning March 31, 2014, Canada Post will also increase the price of sending mail and implement a tiered pricing structure for letter-mail.

Stamps in booklets will cost 85 cents per stamp, while individual stamps will cost $1, up from 63 cents today.

These changes are expected to make a $160-million to $200-million impact on the corporation’s yearly finances.

New Canada Post outlets will be opened in local retailers across the country, which is expected to save the corporation between $40 million and $50 million a year.

Streamlined operations are expected to save $100 million to $150 million a year.

The corporation is expecting to eliminate between 6,000 and 8,000 positions as it implements changes to its operations.

Most of those will be eliminated through attrition, meaning as employees leave, they won’t be replaced.

The Yukon Federation of Labour said last week up to 25 employees in the territory will lose their jobs with the changes.

According to the release from last week, the average age of a Canada Post employee is 48, and the corporation expects 15,000 employees to retire in the next five years.

“With the increasing use of digital communication and the historic decline of lettermail volumes, Canada Post has begun to post significant financial losses,” the release says.

A Conference Board of Canada study from April projects financial losses of close to $1 billion by 2020 unless changes are made.

“If left unchecked, continued losses would soon jeopardize its financial self-sufficiency and become a significant burden on taxpayers and customers,” the release continues.

“The implementation of this plan means Canada Post can return to financial sustainability by 2019.”

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Dec 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

The little bit of mail that I still send out (mostly Christmas and birthday cards) will be decreasing at least as much as the price increase; probably more.

I agree home delivery should be eliminated, but I believe the price increase is too much all at once.


Dec 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’m going to run up a bunch of bumper stickers that read “If Ryan said it, I’ll believe it”
Who wants to place an order?

june jackson

Dec 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Please read “structure” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_corporations_of_Canada where it indicates that the federal government exercises control over the crown corporation budgets.  Nice try Mr. Leef at trying to abrogate Conservative Party responsibility for putting up to 8,000 people out of work.  Attrition? I hardly think so, there are not many who can ‘retire’ at 48 to 53 with a sustainable income. Especially if they are relying on any federal pension assistance. They will need jobs.

No one is going to win on this one. “Saving money” is not possible in the big picture. How many of these people will end up on some sort of assistance? It is well documented that joblessness leads to family breakdown and violence, increased alcoholism, increased family debt, all kinds of social problems.

There are a lot of “big business” shutting down and cutting back in Canada, Kelloggs, Sears, etc. in Canada right now, plus we have 250,000 immigrants, a reintroduction of the family reunification program, Syrian refugees, everyone who can sneak into the country, foreign employee’s.. and 880,000 PLUS people using the food banks every month.  Canada Post thinks they are saving money to lay off 8,000 people?

Thomas Brewer

Dec 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

We don’t hear from Leef for weeks, then thisis what he comes out and talks about?

Only good thing is it stops hurting when I stop banging my head on the wall…


Dec 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Well Folks -  lets think about this Conservative Government. They should not be confused with the old Progressive Conservatives.
They inherited a 40 Billion surplus from Paul Martin who had been running surpluses for years and paying down our Country’s debt which had ballooned under previous Conservative Gov’ts.
Elect these scoundrels and what have we got—-Extreme debt; Attacks on pensioners; Reduced services to Canadians; A leader trying to emulate George Bush yet making sure his buddies are rewarded with gravy train Senate appointments.  Watch him and his buddies on CPAC, read their body language and see if you agree with me that they lack integrity.  I could go on and on

James Wales

Dec 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

Leef is a faithful puppy.
The reality of this Canada Post measure, and numerous other policy changes by his Ottawa masters, are devious means of undermining the Yukon economy and closing even more employment opportunities.

Federal employment opportunities providing decent jobs, and transfer payments, are the umbilical cord for the Territories.
Leef is no more of a protector of the future for Yukon than a puppy with a wagging tail is a watchdog.

The Tory Gordian knot will slowly, but surely, suffocate. The future is looking more like drawing more water, hewing more wood, hunting for food, and exporting more of our sons and daughters.

Sam Fister

Dec 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Canada Post can stop home delivery over time and also be profitable over time.
Through attrition CP can shed its work force over time. Not many people will say that home delivery is essential, it has become a thing of the past.

What is needed is Canada Post management that allows people to retire through their own volition rather than forcing them out.

On a federal level, Public Service lay-offs and generous benefits packages were not required since many people were retiring anyways. Harper has many years to explain why maintaining the GST was required. A simple statement that Public Servants and the work they perform make a valuable contribution to Canada would have been a good start. Instead, the rookie government went after the Public Service to reduce a deficit they created by making a misguided GST reduction promise and reducing corporate taxes.

Its sad really and Mr. Leef is good at making half baked comments.

Adele Sandrock

Dec 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

BnR - I would be in. How about another slogan like:

MP Leef - Stephen’s voice in the Yukon.

bill williams

Dec 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

The irony is delicious. I remember being held hostage over the years by these same fools going on strike. No more strikes now that your jobs have became all but irrelevant. I believe there is a German word for this Schadenfreude.

Max Mack

Dec 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Canada Post has not been “bleeding red ink”, despite the faux-news that we have been inundated with. From the National Post: “Canada Post has recorded a profit in 17 of the last 18 years, and in 2010 recorded a record high profit of $443-million.”

I believe the strategy of the Conservative government is to create a crisis which will ultimately lead to the privatization of our national postal service.

Ryan Leef is simply muzzling at the trough.

north of 60

Dec 19, 2013 at 2:11 am

It’s a waste of our tax dollars to subsidize union wages and benefits at a skilled tradesperson level for semi-skilled labor to deliver mostly junk-mail and some post mail door-to-door.

The junk mail purveyors can hire minimum wage people to deliver fire-starter and landfill stuffing.

Clive Wailing

Dec 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

Excuse me but why is postal service supposed to be self sustaining? It’s a “service” for which I pay taxes. What’s next from this government - highway tolls b/c highways should be self sustaining and not a burden on taxpayers?!?!
I’ll tell you what IS a burden on taxpayers: MP and senator salaries (which they just raised) and their gold plated pensions. We get NOTHING for our tax dollars there.  Mail delivery is a SERVICE and while I agree that they have to be more efficient, I pay taxes so that the government provides services - cutting back on mail, parks, tax and passport offices - I’m not sure what they’re spending my money on…oh right, helicopter rides and orange juice.

Ryan is the voice of reason (if reason was Harper)

Dec 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

Come on Everybody, we have to trust Ryan as he was an RCMP officer who couldn’t hack it and didn’t get through his probation period. A Conservation Officer that after quitting a few years before is an MMA fighter who has lost 0 of his 3 matches (which I could do without any training). If anybody knows anything about crown corporations it is clearly this guy!


Dec 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

The conservatives will fall like Leef (both in the ring and politically) with more of these cuts…we pay taxes for services that are disappearing and being represented as responsible fiscal manouvers….. not replaced in some other capacity. Whether home delivery is needed or not can be debated..the jobs….you’d think a representative would ensure those losses were regained in some other sector….


Dec 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Next time you get a political flyer in the mail, the type where you can send a reply back to your MP, don’t fill it out but send it back to him in the mail (free postage!!).

That’s how it works, okay!


Dec 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Just so we keep this clear and real, Canada Post is self funding.  We do not pay taxes to fund mail services in Canada.


Dec 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Sounds reasonable,  I can mail a letter across the country for a dollar.  Sounds cheap.  How many letters do I mail in a year…zero. 
The internet has taken over the relevance of the postal service.  I now make all my bill payments online, even receive the bills online as well as bank statements. 
Why should my tax dollars go to pay for home delivery?  Last time I got mail I was looking forward too, was notification from my lawyer that my divorce was finalized.  It makes perfect sense to have the super box’s in the neighborhood. 

I feel for those that are going to loose their jobs, but technology is overtaking their skill sets.  We do not lament over the folks that lost their job’s with the pony express. 
Evolve or perish is the motto, and the Canadian postal service needs to do just that.
Remember when every town had a post office?  Now they are just sorting stations.

Commimity Reader

Dec 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

Listen, we in the communities have never had door to door mail service so what is the big deal? Also, only the old parts of Whitehorse actually have door to door delivery, the new sections of Whitehorse have Superboxes, the communities have Post Office Boxes and the 8,000 jobs are coming from the 15,000 anticipated employees who will be enjoying their nice indexed federal pensions.  But the third of the people in Yukon and in Canada can complain about loosing what the other two thirds never had.

Jackie Ward

Dec 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Did you guys read the story on CBC? The CEO of Canada Post said that seniors want to get out and get fresh air and walk and get their mail, lol. Sure maybe a couple. I’ll go out on a limb and say not too many though. I dunno how people get these jobs. How?


Dec 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Canada Post lost lots of my mail in the recent past including parcels etc. My only regret is that I failed to take much insurance out on my mail. I could not care less about Canada Post & I will never use them again for anything important.

Jackie Ward

Dec 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I laugh at all the posters here. Falling for Canada posts bait. Mail is not going down. Why do you believe that? Sure maybe more people pay bills online, granted. But more and more people buy their goods online. Volume isn’t going down. It’s going up. And you people fall for their sob story of less revenue and they can justify laying off people and eliminating pensions. Nothing else to discuss.


Dec 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

they priced themselves out of business, simple like that.

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