McNeill gives stamp of approval to Canada Post

PORT McNEILL—Council votes for letter of support calling on government to "save" postal service

The Town of Port McNeill will be putting its own personal stamp on a resolution to save Canada Post services.

The national president of the Canadian Postal Workers Union Denis Lemelin sent a request to the town asking them to send a letter calling on the government to ‘Save Canada Post’.

A year ago, wrote Lemelin, Canada Post announced a plan to change public postal service. The plans, he said, call for the elimination of door-to-door service, closing and downsizing post offices, reducing post office hours, and eliminating jobs in communities across the country.

Mayor Shirley Ackland had a problem with a profitable company cutting services and “jobs that provide incomes to families in communities all across the country.”

“We really need to speak out from all communities,” Ackland said.

“What is being proposed for our area? Are we in danger of having our office privatized or services further reduced?” asked Councillor Shelley Downey.

Council agreed to put forward a resolution that speaks to maintaining services in rural communities.