Prime Minister has Interest in Postal Privatization

July 24, 2014 – 12:00

Canada Post / Bulletin

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CUPW recently obtained clear evidence that the Prime Minister’s office is researching the privatization of public postal service.

Senior staff sent the following secret memo to Stephen Harper that discussed the privatization of U.K’s Royal Mail just two months before Canada Post Corporation announced its cutbacks.

Blacklock’s Reporter – the same group of journalists who broke the news of Canada Post management’s secret postal banking study – obtained this heavily censored document via an Access to Information Request.

We always suspected the Conservatives were interested in privatization. By letting Canada Post implement its Five-Point Plan, the federal government is making Canada Post more attr active to private sector investors by cutting the cost of operating the post office. First they try to convince the public the service is in trouble, and then they will sell it out from under us. If privatization happens, the public will lose an important and valuable service. We will not allow this to happen.

As a result of our taking action on this news story, the Prime Minister’s Office was forced to issue a statement saying they have no plan to privatize. Now it’s on the record, but we know that we will have to stay vigilant to hold Harper to his word.

The censored memo is attached to this bulletin for your information.

In solidarity,

Denis Lemelin
National President