Foote fears cuts may lead to end of rural post offices

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STEPHENVILLE — Frustrated with more cuts to Canada Post, Judy Foote is calling on the federal government to commit to protecting rural postal services by providing a reliable mail service.

In a prepared release, Foote said government should be implementing a reliable rural service instead of working toward a mandate to close, amalgamate or privatize post offices.

Foote, who is member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, says the Harper government's continued cuts to postal services, especially in rural communities, are leaving people without the support and employment opportunities that come with providing the services.

She said the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association was recently informed by Canada Post the Crown corporation plans on further reducing postal services in 38 rural communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Foote said rural Canadians require their postal service for any number of reasons and the loss of services results in the reduction in employee hours which not only affects the employees, but the economy of the area.

“These further cuts add to the frustration people feel in all the communities impacted. There is real fear that if the reduction in services goes unchallenged it may lead to the end of rural post offices altogether.”

She said many rural Canadians don’t have access to the Internet and count on a reliable and timely mail service to conduct business important in their lives.

“The federal government has a responsibility to ensure that rural Canadians are not treated like second-class citizens. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives continue to ignore the needs of rural Canadians by cutting postal services without considering the long-term impact these cuts will have,” Foote said.

Organizations: Canada Post, Harper Conservatives

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