Postal Workers to Challenge Decision against Home Delivery

The union representing postal workers all over the country, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, has announced to have launched a constitutional challenge against Canada Post’s decision to eliminate door-to-door home delivery. The union announced on Thursday that it will seek an order by the Federal Court to put a stop to Canada Post’s changes first announced last December.

CUPW national president, Denis Lemelin, mentioned in a press statement that “in Canada, people should count, not just the bottom line.” The case is being filed, and will be fought, on the grounds that the changes violate the rights of seniors and those with disabilities, which are protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Furthermore, it will also be stressed that Canada Post does not have the authority to make such decision and instead it should be made by the Parliament of Canada. A leading constitutional lawyer fighting the case, Paul Cavalluzzo, stated that “this is one of the most important postal decisions which has ever been made since Canada Post was created in 1981.”

Whereas on the other hand, Canada Post mentioned in a replying statement that it is confident that its plan will “withstand any and all legal scrutiny.” It admitted that the decision to move about a third of households to community mailboxes was a difficult one, but stressed that “the changes being made are necessary to secure the future of postal service in Canada and avoid becoming a burden on the taxpayers.”

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