Mr. Ross Belsher (Fraser Valley East):
Mr. Speaker, I would venture to say that no other government Department or Crown corporation has received as much criticism as that levelled against Canada Post Corporation. Increasingly this Crown corporation is being seen as a high-cost, low-efficiency operation.
Canada Post Corporation, which was established in October, 1981, has had nearly four years in order to improve its performance. Its establishment as a Crown Corporation gave the Canadian public expectations of improved service. Instead we are faced with a situation of postal rates continuing to increase while the efficiency of postal services continues to
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decline. Is there no end to this vicious circle which saps both the federal treasury and the patience of the Canadian public? I believe that it is time to put an end to this unbearable situation.
Both management and labour must recognize that problems exist. They must also discover what these problems are, and arrive at a consensus on how to eliminate them. It serves neither the interests of management nor labour to blame each other for the inefficiency of Canada Post. Both sides are part of the problem, and therefore must also be part of the solution. We in Government can assist in the resolution of this problem by letting it be known that we will no longer allow the status quo to continue. It is time for action, Mr. Speaker.
Topic: CANADA POST CORPORATION
Subtopic: CALL FOR END TO INEFFICIENCY