MASSE QUESTIONS MINISTER ON CANADA POST DECISION TO CLOSE SANDWICH TOWNE POST OFFICE

 

    Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, crown corporations under the government are in a stranglehold, they are not at arm's-length from the government. After serving the community for 100 years, Canada Post announced the closing of the Sandwich Towne Post Office, a disrespectful move considering the community has offered to work with Canada Post to find a solution. But to the tin ear of the Ottawa Conservatives, the community concerns simply go unnoticed.

    Why has the government been so callous about these service cuts? Why is it ignoring students, seniors and persons with disabilities being hurt by these reckless Conservative cuts?

    Hon. Denis Lebel (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, CPC): Mr. Speaker, he can say what he wants, but as a crown corporation, Canada Post operates at arm's-length from the federal government. As such, Canada Post has assured me that all permanent employees will continue to have a job and continue to work for the Canadian population. But like I said, they have to face very difficult times because their market decreased by 20% since 2007 and that is not an easy situation for them.