Our Issues: Full Responses from Federal Political Parties

Bloc
Québécois

CUPW’s Delivering Community Power is an innovative plan that is consistent with some of the Bloc Québécois’ commitments. The Bloc will undertake to bring this plan before a committee to examine its potential for implementation. It agrees with the overall steps described in the plan, even though some of them could have to be taken in conjunction with Quebec and the provinces.

For example, the Bloc agrees CUPW’s DCP plan on the issue of using renewable energy to power Canada Post’s vehicle fleet, and installing public charging stations at post offices. This proposal is entirely consistent with the Bloc Québécois’ commitment to institute a government policy to acquire rechargeable electric vehicles for renewing the federal government vehicle fleet, with a view to totally or partially electrifying the fleet hybrid by 2030.

Conservative
Party

No specifics on greening Canada Post *

Green Party

The Green Party’s overarching plan focuses on addressing climate change immediately. Our Party’s mission aligns completely with the vision outlined in Delivering Community Power.

We are working towards a society that has fully transitioned off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy, where our country meets its Paris targets. We envision a transition that will create stronger, more resilient, and more liveable communities across Canada. We will do this by building systems that support everyone, from accessible and affordable public transit, to more robust social programs like a Guaranteed Liveable Income. Greens will ensure that our more vulnerable populations are both supported and protected, including seniors, Indigenous people, racialized minorities, and those living in poverty.

A revitalized Canada Post would fit with this vision for the future, and would ensure its success.

Liberal Party

The science is clear, the evidence is clear and Canadians are clear — we must step up and protect our environment. Our kids and grandkids are counting on us.

That’s why we will:

  • Set legally-binding, five-year milestones to reach net-zero emissions by 2050;
  • Appoint a group of scientists, economists, and experts to recommend the best path to get to net-zero;
  • Exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions goal; and
  • Ensure energy workers and communities can shape their own futures by giving workers access to training and support.

To achieve this ambitious goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, a re-elected Liberal government will:

  • Slash corporate taxes in half for companies that develop technologies or manufacture products that have zero emissions;
  • Continue to lead by example and ensure all federal buildings run on clean electricity by 2022; and
  • Leverage the purchasing power of the federal government to further drive clean technology adoption.

The Liberal Party recognizes that the strongest economies and businesses in the future will be those that embrace clean technologies. We will ensure that all Canadian workers are part of this transition to a cleaner, more prosperous and more sustainable future

NDP

The NDP has an ambitious agenda to address climate change and protect our environment for generations to come. In particular, we want to make a transition to zero-emission vehicles, by offering financial assistance to families with such vehicles and by expanding the network of charging devices. This is an area where a partnership with Canada Post would be ideal; not only could Canada Post set an example by providing zero-emission vehicles for mail delivery, but post offices could also have charging stations for electric vehicles. Our plan to combat climate change also includes, among other things, a transition to a carbon-free electricity supply for our communities, investments to make buildings energy efficient, and the creation of high-quality jobs in the green economy.

Bloc
Québécois

CUPW’s Delivering Community Power is an innovative plan that is consistent with some of the Bloc Québécois’ commitments. The Bloc will undertake to bring this plan before a committee to examine its potential for implementation. It agrees with the overall steps described in the plan, even though some of them could have to be taken in conjunction with Quebec and the provinces.

Conservative
Party

No commitment *

Green Party

Canada Post is uniquely well-positioned to support communities through the transition to a sustainable economy and to provide access to much-needed services. There is great opportunity for Canada Post offices to become community hubs, providing internet, banking, public meeting space, and electric vehicle charging.

This vision for a renewed role for Canada Post aligns with our overall plan for a transition to a sustainable economy.

Liberal Party

As a government, we have introduced a new vision for Canada Post that puts service front and centre and fulfills our platform commitment. This vision reflects our government’s view that Canada Post is valued by Canadians, and will continue serving them for decades to come.

Part of our Party’s vision includes reinvesting in Canada Post’s services and innovations. A renewed Canada Post will provide high-quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians, no matter where they live.

We have shown our commitment to this service-first vision during our mandate by: terminating the community mailbox box conversion program and enhancing the accessible delivery program.

NDP

Post offices are at the heart of our communities—and that’s why we think they are well-positioned to serve them in such a meaningful way. We want to restore home mail services and ensure that post offices are able to provide government services in remote areas. Additionally, we are in favour of postal banking services.

Bloc
Québécois

The Bloc Québécois has always stated its opposition to eliminating door-to-door mail delivery. It will continue to categorically reject any attempt to reduce, cut or privatize postal service that could have major repercussions on postal delivery service as it exists today.

The Bloc Québécois has always stood for all regions of Quebec. We believe the federal government erred in stopping door-to-door mail delivery. Canada Post must provide universal local services at uniform rates throughout the land. This is consistent with the concept of land occupancy that the Bloc Québécois deems so important. The federal government’s lack of vision has made things worse, which is deplorable.

Conservative
Party

No commitment *

Green Party

We understand that supporting Canadian communities—all communities—is crucial to Canada Post’s mission. Greens will continue to advocate for reversing cuts to door-to-door delivery. We will ensure that postal delivery remains available to everyone. This will help maintain the individualized support postal workers provide for seniors and people with mobility issues who live in the communities they serve.

Liberal Party

As we announced as a government in 2018, the Liberal Party is committed to maintaining door-to-door postal delivery where Conservative cuts had been stopped. These cuts were shortsighted and shortchanged almost one million Canadians who previously relied on door-to-door service.

NDP

During the last election campaign, the Liberals promised to restore door-to-door mail delivery, which had been cut by the Conservatives. But once in government, they broke their commitment and left hundreds of thousands of people without the mail services they need – hitting seniors and persons with disabilities especially hard. New Democrats have your back to restore door-to-door mail delivery to all communities that lost it under the Conservative government and protect against future cuts to this important service.

Bloc
Québécois

In Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v Saskatchewan, the Supreme Court gave the right to strike constitutional benediction “because of its crucial role in a meaningful process of collective bargaining.” In her ruling, Justice Abella stated, “The right to strike is not merely derivative of collective bargaining, it is an indispensable component of that right. It seems to me to be the time to give this conclusion constitutional benediction.” The Bloc Québécois recognizes that workers are entitled to take job action as part of their negotiations to obtain the best possible working conditions. The Bloc was strongly opposed to Bill C-89, i.e. the Services Resumption and Continuation Act, which was passed in November 2019. In fact, since 1990, Ottawa has passed no less than 14 pieces of back-to-work legislation, four of which were directed against postal workers. On average, this amounts to one occurrence of back-to-work legislation against workers every two years.

For the Bloc Québécois, the best way to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of those who are building today’s society is to truly respect their rights, starting with a ban on the use of replacement workers during a strike or lockout. Accordingly, it is vitally important that workers under federal jurisdiction be deemed to have the same rights as employees governed by Quebec’s labour legislation, including an effective right to strike.

In this regard, the Canada Labour Code should be amended to bring into line with the Quebec Labour Code by banning any use of replacement workers (strike-breakers) once and for all. Anti-scab legislation would ensure that workers governed by federal legislation enjoy balanced bargaining power, and would keep tension on the picket lines to a minimum.

Conservative
Party

Introduced and voted for back-to-work legislation in 2011 *

Green Party

Back-to-work legislation is an affront to unions and labour relations in Canada. The Green Party has stood with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in the past on this issue, and we will continue to do so in the future.

We are committed to respecting the labour rights of all Canadian workers. Greens will work with CUPW and other unions to ensure that we have the best possible legislative framework to uphold workers’ rights, including the right to free collective bargaining.

Liberal Party

Our government did everything it could to support and encourage Canada Post and CUPW to reach negotiated collective agreements. We provided conciliation officers, mediators, a special mediator, and offered voluntary arbitration. Introducing legislation was not a decision our government took lightly.

When the Harper Conservatives passed back-to-work legislation, they mandated arbitration and imposed conditions such as setting wages. Our government did not take that approach. Our government introduced a mediator-arbitrator, still leaving open the option for the parties to come to a collective agreement. That process is ongoing today.

The Liberal Party delivered on our promise to Canadians to restore a fair and balanced approach to labour relations. In fact, one of our first acts as a government was to introduce Bill C-4, which repealed two former Conservative government bills that undermined and weakened labour rights in our country, Bill C-377 and Bill C-525.

We strongly support the rights of workers and the right to collective bargaining, and will continue to strengthen the rights of unions, for both public sector and private sector employees.

NDP

The NDP has always been a proud defender of workers' rights and an ally to the labour movement. As we demonstrated in December 2018, we are in favour of free negotiations and absolutely do not support the laws forcing postal workers back to work. We were the only officially recognized party fighting alongside postal workers against this Liberal affront.

Bloc
Québécois

Yes. Canada Post already provides a number of financial services such as money orders, domestic and international money transfers, bill payments and prepaid Visa cards. We believe the Corporation could provide a gamut of new services such as low cost chequing and savings accounts, low interest credit cards, prepaid debit cards, even mortgage loans, small-business loans, farm loans, insurance products, mutual funds, and new products for low-income earners and Indigenous peoples.

Other countries provide these types of services in their post office. Moreover, until 1968, the Post Office Savings Bank played a similar role. Since Canada Post has a large retail network with some 6,400 postal outlets, 3,800 of which are in rural areas, we believe we must move in a direction that would allow postal service in Quebec to innovate, to accommodate the different realities in each region and to become a postal service that is in step with currents needs. Canada Post could provide new and lucrative services such as postal banking in conjunction, for example, with the Desjardins Movement.

Conservative
Party

No commitment *

Green Party

The Green Party supports an expansion of Canada Post services to include postal banking. This will help to cement Canada Post outlets as vital community hubs, while providing much-needed, affordable banking access to many Canadians.

Banking services provided by a public institution would also counter the widespread control of commercial banks, and bring fairness and equal access to the financial services sector.

Liberal Party

After we put forward a vision for Canada Post that puts the needs of Canadians front and centre, our party is continuing to assess the results of the review of Canada Post services, including an analysis of the efficacy of postal banking.

Postal services remain a relevant and valuable public service for many Canadians. We will continue to explore ways that Canada Post can innovate and take advantage of new opportunities and new ideas to meet the changing needs of its customers and the communities it serves, especially in rural and remote areas of Canada.

NDP

In many rural areas, simple things like going to the bank have become complicated and difficult. Despite record profits, financial institutions are closing rural branches and cutting services in more and more communities every year. It’s clear that we need to find other ways to deliver these important financial services. Today, almost 1,200 rural communities in Canada have a post office but no financial services. That’s why a New Democrat government will work with Canada Post to develop a model of postal banking that will help nearly two million Canadians access more affordable, quality banking services where none are currently available.

Bloc
Québécois

The Bloc Québécois would re-introduce Bill C-372 so that pension funds will have preferred creditor status in the event of solvency deficiencies.

Further, the Bloc would continue to oppose the conversion of defined benefit plans. With these plans, pensioners know how much they will be getting at retirement, even if the plan’s asset value collapses. A defined contribution plan does not allow them to know what their benefits will be, as these are dependent on the plan’s assets.

Finally, Parliament conducts a statutory review of the Bankruptcy Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act (CCAA) every five years. This time round, the review is slated for the year following the federal election. We had already intended to raise the issue of debts related to pension plan solvency deficiencies paid in priority, in order to protect workers and pensioners. We will therefore be submitting a National Pension Plan Insurance Program to this statutory review.

Conservative
Party

No commitment *

Green Party

We believe in protecting workers and their hard-earned benefits, including pensions. The Green Party supports postal workers’ choices around the nature of their pension plans, and rejects any threat to labour rights.

Liberal Party

Our Party shares CUPW’s belief that, after a lifetime of hard work, Canadians deserve financial peace of mind when it comes to their retirement.

We have committed to taking a whole-of-government, evidence-based approach towards addressing retirement security for all Canadians, and builds on the important work we have already done improving Canadians’ retirement conditions, such as restoring the retirement age to 65, enhancing the Wage Earner Protection Program, and for the first time in a generation, strengthening the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). In order to better defend and strengthen pension plans, we introduced legislative changes to better protect workers including giving courts greater ability to withhold executive compensation and shareholder payouts if that contributes to insolvency and the under-funding of pension obligations.

If re-elected we will boost OAS for those over 75 years old, as well as CPP survivor benefits, as recognition that all Canadians need more help in retirement.

NDP

New Democrats believe that every Canadian should be able to count on a dignified, secure retirement—and we’ll fight hard to protect pensions that workers have earned. To that end, we will make sure that pensioners are at the front of the line when a company goes bankrupt, and make sure unfunded pension liabilities owed to workers and employees’ severance pay are the top priority for repayment.

We’ll stop companies from paying out dividends and bonuses when pensions are under-funded, and we’ll create a mandatory, industry-financed pension insurance program to make sure that no worker is deprived of the retirement benefits they’ve earned. The federal government has a critical role to play in protecting defined benefit pensions across the country. The Liberals’ openness to target benefit plans in the public sector, which don’t guarantee stable benefits for retirees, puts defined benefits at risk for all Canadians—and we will immediately put a stop to this chipping away of retirement security.

We are committed to strengthening public pensions and improving retirement security for all Canadians.

Bloc
Québécois

Yes. The Bloc Québécois has always stated its opposition to eliminating door-to-door mail delivery. It will continue to categorically reject any attempt to reduce, cut or privatize postal service that could have major repercussions on postal delivery service as it exists today.

Conservative
Party

No specifics but will ensure that all Cabinet decisions have a rural perspective *

Green Party

The Green Party is committed to maintaining, expanding, and strengthening the existing moratorium on post office closures. As stated above, we firmly believe in the potential for Canada Post offices to be community hubs, in particular to support otherwise under-serviced rural communities. Closing post offices would take this vision in the opposite direction, and bring Canada further away from a sustainable economy that is just for all.

Liberal Party

The Liberal Party is absolutely committed to maintaining the existing moratorium on post office closures. Our Party believes that post offices are a vital public service for Canadians in every corner of the country and maintaining the current level of service delivered by our post offices must, at a minimum, remain the same.

NDP

Yes, we will respect the moratorium on post office closures.

Bloc
Québécois

Yes. The Bloc Québécois has always stated its opposition to eliminating door-to-door mail delivery. It will continue to categorically reject any attempt to reduce, cut or privatize postal service that could have major repercussions on postal delivery service as it exists today.

Conservative
Party

Supports the privatization of crown corporations that compete directly with comparable services from existing private sector institutions *

Green Party

The Green Party is committed to preventing privatization in whole or in part of Canada Post. It is not only a vital community service, but one that is self-sustaining.

Liberal Party

The Liberal Party heard loud and clear from the Canada Post review that it should focus its efforts on excellence in service in its core functions and we agree with that view.

As part of our renewed vision, Canada Post’s leadership and its employees will work together to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities and new ideas to meet the changing needs of its customers and the communities it serves—especially in rural and remote areas of Canada.

This vision will help maintain Canada Post as a vital public institution, free from some of the problems that a privatization process would inevitably bring to the doorsteps of Canadians. This revitalized, public Canada Post will adapt to new technologies and the needs of those it serves, no matter where they live.

NDP

The NDP fundamentally believes in the importance of public services and we are fighting against privatization. Therefore, we are absolutely opposed to the partial or complete privatization of Canada Post.

* Did not respond to CUPW Questionnaire. If applicable, we have taken answers from the party platform, policy papers or public statements.