Mr. John Gormley (The Battlefords-Meadow Lake):
Mr. Speaker, millions of Canadians have finished filing this year's income tax returns. They sent their tax forms in by the April 30 deadline.
However, one businessman in northwestern Saskatchewan was waiting for a receipt he required to complete his tax form. The receipt that he needed was mailed from Toronto, postmarked March 13. He waited and he waited. Finally the receipt arrived in Battleford, Saskatchewan, 49 days later, on May 1, one day after the tax deadline.
At a time when many Canadians are growing increasingly frustrated with their Post Office, and while this same Post Office asks Canadian citizens and businesses to pay more for their postage, many ask why. I urge the Cabinet to consider very carefully the increase in postal rates requested by the Post Office.
The cost of mail is significant, particularly for small businesses. The public would not be expected to shoulder the burden of removing the deficit of a Crown corporation that sometimes provides questionable service. If the Post Office does not perform adequately, then Canadians should not have to pay more for less.
Subtopic: CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED POSTAGE RATE INCREASES