Editorial cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday May 22, 2015
NDP says they would bring back door-to-door mail delivery in Hamilton
The federal NDP will reinstate door-to-door delivery and get rid of super mailboxes on the Mountain if the party forms government after the upcoming election.
Hamilton MPs David Christopherson and Wayne Marston made the announcement at city hall this morning, lauding council for being “at the forefront” of the effort to save traditional mail delivery through its court battle with Canada Post.
“If we have to change the legislation, we’ll do it,” Christopherson said of the plan to reverse Canada Post’s multi-year plan to replace door-to-door delivery with super mailboxes across Canada.
He acknowledged there would be cost to removing thousands of recently installed super mailboxes – including several hundred alone on the Mountain.
But he said those costs, as yet not calculated, have to be “weighed against the cost to the (postal) service.”
He argued Canadians are better served by door-to-door mail delivery and added at a minimum, residents “deserve to be consulted” about the future of the service.
The city will face off against Canada Post in court sometime next week over the legality of a bylaw that seeks to regulate where super mailboxes are installed in the municipal right-of-way. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)
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