Don’t cut city’s postal service

MP Alex Atamanenko weighs in with a letter on proposed changes to wicket hours at the Greenwood post office.

An open letter to Deepak Chopra, president, Canada Post Corporation It is my understanding that Canada Post is proposing to discontinue Saturday service at the Greenwood Post Office.

This presents a hardship for a number of citizens in this small rural community. For example, as you can see from the enclosed letters, owners and operators of home-based businesses need to receive and send parcels six days a week. Also, as noted in the attached correspondence, those living in Greenwood often work in other communities and do not return home until after normal business hours. They rely on Saturday postal service.

It is important for you to understand that Canada Post provides well-paying jobs in our small rural communities.

Any job loss as a result of reduced postal hours is felt throughout the community.

It is simply not fair that the restructuring of Canada Post be accomplished on the backs of our rural communities, many of which are already struggling due to these difficult economic times.

I strongly urge you to ensure that both the workers of Canada Post in Greenwood and the customers they serve are thoroughly consulted prior to any proposed changes in business hours.

Alex Atamanenko, MP

BC Southern Interior