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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Since the increase in parcel deliveries has had an impact on the business-to-consumer model, you haven't been affected much by the change.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, everyone.
I have one question for each of you, but I will start with Mr. Leong.
Are you familiar with the five-point action plan that Canada Post proposed in 2013 to ensure the long-term sustainability of its activities and budget? Are you familiar with the various measures in the plan?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I'll go over it. The question is for Ms. Lyons as well.
The five points are: the conversion from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes, a new approach to pricing, the set-up of franchise post offices—in pharmacies, for instance—streamlining operations, and addressing labour costs.
We have heard from a lot of witnesses on those various points. Some were in favour and some were opposed.
Could you tell me how you feel about those measures put forward by Canada Post?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Ms. Lyons, that actually brings me to my next question. Right now, there is a moratorium on Canada Post office closures. In this committee, on a number of occasions, we have heard the following proposal from witnesses. It was an interesting suggestion.
As you may know, urban centres have grown significantly in the past decades. A number of Canada Post offices are now in the suburbs of major cities where five post offices are serving those very same suburbs.
For instance, my colleague from Edmonton said that he was able to see about 20 post offices in five minutes by car.
Do you think it would be useful to end the moratorium on the office closures in order to close those in urban centres? That might generate savings to keep the post offices in rural regions.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
In 2013, when Canada Post implemented the community mailboxes measure in a number of municipalities, did you see or notice any changes in your company's sales? Did you notice a direct impact on your company?
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CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, everyone. My thanks for being here with us today.
Representatives from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been at almost all the committee meetings held this week. You are diligent, that's fantastic.
I would like to begin by asking Mr. Bennett how many members there are in his local.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Okay. That's impressive.
Last week, I noticed across Canada that most of your colleagues seem to have doubts about Canada Post's deficit estimates. I'm talking about the $750 million deficit estimated by 2026. Do you have doubts about those estimates, just like your colleagues in the rest of Canada?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I can understand your doubts, but I'm a little confused about something. The task force appointed by the Liberal government has released its report recently—our study follows up on the report—that presents the same findings about the deficit as Canada Post.
How do you explain that, three years later, the task force has come to the same conclusions, flawed conclusions according to you?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
There was a study by Ernst & Young that came to the same result.
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CPC (QC)
In 2013, Canada Post submitted its five-point action plan. One question springs to mind.
Have the Canada Post workers proposed a similar plan to ensure the corporation's long-term sustainability?
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CPC (QC)
I think the big problem now is that there are two visions that are based on two different assumptions. Canada Post management claims that there will be a deficit in 10 years, and that the profitability and the very existence of the corporation are threatened. However, labour unions argue that the profitability and solvency are fine. Personally, I take a neutral position.
Assuming that Canada Post is right, and that a huge deficit builds up within 10 years, do you think it would be laudable and reasonable to ask workers to make efforts? Let’s not really talk about salary cuts, which nobody wants. Would your union be ready to accept a reduction in annual sick leave?
Actually, most Canadians don’t have access to those types of benefits. In your opinion, how much effort should workers put in on their own initiative to improve the situation at Canada Post?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll start with you, Professor Camfield. Do you see Canada Post as a national symbol of federal unity?
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