Nathan presents petition on Canada Post service to Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii
October 1st, 2009 - 2:40pm
This morning, Nathan rose in the House to present a petition from residents of the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii calling for the restoration of full and timely postal services to the islands.
Since Canada Post cancelled it’s carrier agreement with Air Canada, Islands residents have been left dependent on intermittent ferry service in order to get their mail. Our office has heard from many residents about excessive delays including bills that arrive only after they are due. Nathan continues to meet with Canada Post to find an appropriate resolution to the situation
Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP):
The second petition contains signatures collected from virtually every resident of Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii who are petitioning against the service cutbacks that Canada Post has since issued. We are seeing postal delivery times of three to four weeks to this collection of 5,000 people who live on the Islands. It is an incredible travesty and is hurting businesses and essential services throughout the region. It must be reversed.
Canada Post works on behalf of all Canadians wherever they might live. It is unacceptable and the response from the Islands has been most extraordinary. I have never seen a set of petitions coming from Skeena of this size and magnitude.