Wondering about the future of the US Postal Service? Take a look up north to what Canada Post is doing:
Canada Post’s abrupt announcement that it is ending door-to-door delivery in urban areas and charging $1 for an individual stamp has alarmed opposition MPs and postal workers who say the new plan is bad news for Canadians.
The plan — released the day after the House of Commons started its Christmas break — caught parliamentarians by surprise.
Which, if nothing else, proves that Canadians understand the news cycle at least as well as we do.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt defends the moves:
“The Government of Canada supports Canada Post in its efforts to fulfil its mandate of operating on a self-sustaining financial basis in order to protect taxpayers, while modernizing its business and aligning postal services with the choices of Canadians.”
About those community boxes:
The move from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes will be rolled out over the next five years, starting in the second half of 2014. About one-third of Canadian households will be affected. Mail delivery to rural households will not change.
And you may not have to pay a full loonie for a stamp:
The cost of a stamp will also jump from $0.63 to $0.85 for bulk purchase of stamps, or $1 for individual stamps. That change comes into effect March 31, 2014.
There will, of course, be job reductions, though Canada Post expects more than enough retirements in the next year to cover them.