Article by Thomas Walkom, The Toronto Star
What is to be done with the post office? A government task force report released this week doesn’t exactly answer the question.
But it does provide some hints as to where Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government may go.
Door-to-door mail delivery. During last year’s election campaign, the Liberals promised to stop Canada Post from replacing urban home delivery with widely unpopular community mail boxes.
Critics said that ending home delivery would particularly disadvantage the elderly and those who find it hard to get around.
Some municipal politicians said there simply isn’t enough room in dense urban areas to set up community mailboxes.
Opposition was especially fierce in Trudeau’s home city of Montreal.
In its 94-page discussion paper, the four-member task force notes, without comment, that permanently cashiering the conversion to community mail boxes would cost Canada Post $320 million a year.
Marijuana. The task force says once marijuana is legalized, the post office could get into the business of delivering the drug through its parcel service. But as the Star reported, it expects such a move would net Canada Post $20 million a year at most.