For Immediate Release OTTAWA - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is reacting angrily today to news that the Prime Minister’s office recently researched the privatization of public postal services. “We suspected the Conservatives were interested in privatization all along,” said Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President. “First they convince the public the service is in trouble, and then they 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.”
For Immediate Release OTTAWA - Close to two-thirds of Canadians have no appetite for privatizing Canada Post Corporation according to a new poll. 64.4% said they oppose privatizing the Crown corporation. These findings are similar to other polls done over the last two decades. "Canadians have consistently rejected privatization as an option for our post office," said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. "This opposition has kept privatization-friendly governments at bay for many years, although it may not stop the Harper government."
For immediate release OTTAWA- People like the idea of Canada Post making money through financial services according to a new poll. Close to two out of every three respondents (63%) to a Stratcom poll supported Canada Post expanding revenue-generating services, including financial services like bill payments, insurance and banking. CUPW asked Stratcom to conduct the poll in order to contribute to the debate on the future of Canada Post. The post office is currently conducting a public consultation on its future, focusing on cuts. "Canada Post has options other than cutting," said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin. “It could follow the lead of post offices in other countries by leveraging its network and adding lucrative banking services. Our poll results suggest there would be support for such a move.”
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