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Secret plans being made to lower Canada Post’s deficit

The post office reported a pre-tax loss of $779 million last year. Almost half its 6,026 outlets operated at a deficit, according to its annual report tabled in Parliament.

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The Liberals are working with Canada Post directors on a secret plan to lower the corporation’s massive deficit, Public Works Minister Anita Anand said Wednesday.

Blacklock’s Reporter said the Commons government operations committee was told the report cannot be made public.

“We have been in close communication with the board of directors of Canada Post regarding its path to financial sustainability,” said Anand.

“We are all working very hard.”

The post office reported a pre-tax loss of $779 million last year. Almost half its 6,026 outlets operated at a deficit, according to its annual report tabled in Parliament.

Canada Post lost $153 million in 2019 and $276 million the year before that. The losses followed combined pre-tax profits of $388 million in the period from 2014 to 2017.

“Canada Post has lost $1.1 billion over the last couple of years,” said Conservative MP Kelly McCauley (Edmonton West).

“The Canada Post Corporation Act requires that it operate at a self-sustaining basis financially.”

“What is the plan going forward to ensure fiscal sustainability? We have been in very close touch with the board,” replied Anand.

“Has the board of directors, as you mention you have been in close contact with them, submitted their corporate plan to you?” asked McCauley. The Minister did not reply. The post office last tabled a corporate plan in Parliament on April 18, 2019.

“We have been in touch with Canada Post,” said Bill Matthews, deputy minister of public works.

“They’ve submitted documents and it’s being finalized, but obviously COVID is having an impact on the corporate plan, so it takes some extra time to work through it.”

“So we did not have a plan the year before COVID and we still don’t have a plan, is what you’re saying,” said McCauley.

Management, in the annual report, said it must “meet changing business and consumer needs” to regain profitability.

“We have more retail locations than any other business in Canada,” said the report.

“Of these almost 3,700 of our locations are corporately owned and over 2,300 are operated by private dealers.

“Canada Post is piloting community hub concepts for a wide range of services in rural Canada including improved financial services and potentially new government and community services.”

Plans for 2021 included proposals to “introduce new or expanded retail financial products and services to provide better access to Canadians in urban and rural Canada.”

The post office said it did see unprecedented deliveries of parcels last year, more than a million a day from April to December. Parcel revenues were $3.4 billion, an increase of $613 million from the previous year.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Mark Golding

    June 4, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Canada Post has been profitable for years. The only time it has lost money was when it refused to negotiate contracts with its CUPW unionized members, and during a pandemic. When they wouldnt get a contract done and relied on the government to bail them out with back to work legislation and mediated contracts, the public refused to use the institution due to uncertainty.
    Most businesses lost money due to the pandemic. Canada post took huge financial losses with having workers off and many office workers not in the offices. Work from home has caused most businesses to see a drop in productively and that means losses.
    But there has been a push to bring in postal banking for the past ten years or so. There are many banks closing their offices in communities, not because its unprofitable, bit because it not a high enough profit. And banks continue to turn huge profits.
    With more postal outlets that Tim Hortons outlets in Canada, postal banking has the physical infrastructure ready to go, and would put banking facilities in many indigenous communities and other rural communities that the major bank dont want to service.
    This proposal was investigated. Canada posts own study showed it would be extreamly profitable and sustainable. But the major banks and the conservative government of Stephen Harper buried that report and instead raised prices of postage, reduce service speed, and reduced door to door delivery. Their five point plan was introduced after Mr Harpers government left for break so as to try to slide it by without controversy.
    The post office can and will again become profitable. Through greening of the post office to reduce costs, and offering new services like government services and postal banking, it could become the highest revenue grossing and profit producing arm of the government.
    It just requires and government and managment that is gutsy enough to take that step.

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SLOBODIAN: First you lose your guns, then your freedoms

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

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The day the Aussies gave up their guns triggered the beginning of the end of their liberty.

Now the land Down Under is a full-blown police state. Proud, strong, free, productive Australia is gone. 

This harsh, bitter transformation should be a warning to nations still clinging to the God, guns, and freedoms the hard-core left deeply despises.

Aussies protesting totalitarian COVID-19 restrictions, the harshest in the free world, are fighting a seemingly hopeless battle for basic rights and freedoms by pelting rocks, bottles, golf balls, and batteries against heavily armed riot police.

It was a sad day in Melbourne Wednesday when police were ordered to fire rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 protesters, then arrested about 200 who face hefty $5,000 US fines.

These are regular law-abiding citizens, including tradesmen protesting a two-week closure of building sites, mandatory vaccinations, stay-at-home orders, and a succession of lockdowns.

They’re tired of being told they can’t go outside, can’t go to church, can’t travel far from home.

Authorities claimed it wasn’t so much ordinary working people in the crowd police fired upon, but extremist and far-right groups infiltrating the protests. That’s often a tired lie, an excuse used to justify overstepping boundaries when annihilating freedom.

The Australian government, with an insatiable hunger for control and compliance, is planning to soon implement an app using facial recognition software to track movements and location. Aussies will be randomly texted, having 15 minutes to take a photo in their location. If they don’t comply, police will show up.

The riots are expected to continue.

This is by no means an attempt to suggest people should arm themselves against police who are obliged to follow orders and face the violent consequences of bad political decisions while the decision-makers safely hide behind armed guards.

Law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. Criminals with easy access to weapons are.

Armed citizens are a deterrent to politicians and bureaucrats hankering to subdue and control the masses, stripping them of basic freedoms.

Law-abiding gun ownership is a safeguard that must be protected at all costs.

In Australia gun confiscation disguised as a buyback program was rushed through Parliament in 1996 after a nut job massacred 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle. Gun crimes have steadily escalated since.

But still, only sportsmen, Roo Shooters, ranchers, and law enforcement officials are allowed to own guns.

Owning a weapon for self-defense is a criminal offence in Australia.

We don’t see the devastation and despair Australia is facing unfolding in places like Texas where gun laws are relaxed.

Bad guys tend to behave better if they don’t know if someone is packing.

In Texas, even grandma carries a handgun in a holder on her hip or shoulder or anywhere she likes, because the law says she can.

In fact, as of September 1 this year Texas law requiring people to have a license to carry a handgun — open or concealed — was removed.

Texans over the age of 21 with no criminal record or mental health issues may carry to protect themselves in most public places, excluding schools, hospitals, amusement parks, if the gun is holstered.

Of course, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, an advocate of freedom and liberty, would never unleash law enforcement on law-abiding Texans.

But politicians come and go. Laws are the constant safeguard unless citizens willingly forsake them to left-wing loons.

Aussies bought the lie. And they are paying a horrific price.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lying to Canadians.

His ban on 1,500 types of so-called assault-style firearms in May 2020 didn’t satisfy him.

He promised, if re-elected, to crack down on legal firearms owners in a number of ways including restricting high-capacity magazines to holding no more than five rounds, bribe provinces to implement a ban on handguns, and introduce Red Flag laws which would confiscate guns if someone thinks someone is a threat, or maybe just wants to be nasty. 

Trudeau wants to toughen laws on banned assault weapons and make it mandatory for owners to either sell the firearm to the government for destruction or have it rendered permanently inoperable.

So, a buyback program. That sure did Australians a lot of good.

Will Canadians relinquish this one guarantee of civil liberties and place our safety in the hands of untrustworthy politicians and bureaucrats?

The choice is simple. What will it be Australia or Texas? Or is it the beginning of the end of liberty for Canada too?

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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Spurious George – police put winning Liberal Chahal under investigation for being a porch pirate

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

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Victorious Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate George Chahal is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption unit after a surveillance video emerged of him pilfering an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox.

Police said someone filed a complaint on Thursday and it’s now under investigation.

Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.

source: @kirklubimov twitter

He wasn’t very disguised in his efforts, wearing a jersey with his name on the back.

“The report has been directed to our anti-corruption unit that handles investigations of a sensitive nature or involving a public official. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and at this point, we have not yet determined if the investigation will remain with CPS or be transitioned to another investigative body, such as Elections Canada,” CPS said in a statement.

Chahal’s campaign manager, Randall Zalazar, admitted Chahal did it, but had a good reason.

“While dropping off polling info flyers prior to polls opening on Election Day, George removed a piece of campaign literature that identified an incorrect polling location for the person residing at the address,” he said in an e-mail to CTV News.

“All through election day, campaign volunteers found incorrectly labeled materials across the eastern side of the riding. Our campaign contacted Elections Canada and advised them of the issue.”

Chahal was the only Liberal to win in Calgary, picking up the victory by 3,000 votes.

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UCP MLA Stephan calls for early leadership review of Kenney

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

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Jason Stephan, UCP MLA for Red Deer South, is calling for a leadership review of Premier Jason Kenney “sooner than later.”

Stephan made the demand in an open letter to his constituents.

“On July 1st, the Premier said that we were open for good. I took him at his word,” said Stephan.

“Some businesses and other organizations find themselves now subject to restrictions that threaten their ability to survive unless they participate in a ‘Restriction Exemption Program,’ This is a vaccine passport program – in general, to participate, these organizations can only allow vaccinated individuals into their premises. This divides Albertans. The premier said there would be no COVID vaccine passports.”

Stephan made it clear he was vaccinated against COVID-19. but added the decision has to be a personal one.

“Vaccine passports use coercion to indirectly do what is illegal to do directly — to compel vaccination. Seeking to compel others against their wills produces resentment. Albertans should choose to take COVID vaccines on their merits, believing they are safe and effective, not because of lotteries or cash payments or intense coercion with vaccine passports or under threats of losing livelihoods or educations,” Stephan said.

“Individuals and families are losing trust. Coercion destroys, not builds, trust. Complete and transparent information, without bias, is the best way to allow Albertans to make the best decisions for themselves and their families on the merits of COVID vaccines.

“Our friends, family members or neighbors who do not share our opinions are not evil or selfish. The truth about those friends, family members or neighbors is more complex, more nuanced, each of them possessing unique contexts and circumstances, all of which can be valued and respected,” Stephan said.

“Many constituents are upset. Many are asking for the Premier to resign. The Constitution of the United Conservative Party (UCP) does not include a procedure for caucus MLAs to remove the leader of the party.”

A leadership review of Kenney had been set for the fall of 2022, but after a UCP caucus meeting this week, the date was moved to the spring.

Dozens of constituency associations have also demanded an early leadership review.

“The leadership review process supports principles of accountability and good governance and should occur sooner than later,” said Stephan.

“In the interim period, the focus of government needs to be on COVID.

“Alberta is budgeted to spend $23 billion on health, among the highest per capita in Canada, and over 40% of the province’s operating budget. Why, with this massive amount of money, has AHS only produced between 300 and 400 (currently, the numbers are everchanging), working ICU beds for a population of over 4.4 million, on a per capita basis less than half the worst of the lowest of the any of the US states?

“Given the widespread, profound impact of COVID restrictions on Albertans, I have asked, and continue to ask, for a comprehensive public inquiry, including a full cost analysis of COVID restrictions. The more truth, the better.”

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