It’s comes at a time when the crown corporation is phasing out home delivery in many areas of the country, including Fort St. John.
The postal service has credited a higher volume of parcel delivery, higher postage fees, and lower costs from employee benefits for a year-over-year turnaround.
The 2014 profit followed a before-tax loss in the previous year of $125 million, and core mail delivery business continues to shrink.
In fact the CBC has reported Canada Post now delivers 28 per cent less mail than it did in 2006.
However, as reported earlier, last year for the first time ever, the corporation also shipped parcels worth $1 billion in Canada, and that total jumped to $1.5 billion when its international shipment numbers were included.
Thus the Canadian Union of Postal Workers President Jennifer Savage in South Vancouver – another area targeted to lose home delivery – calls the cancellation outrageous.
“Mail delivery is a public service, it should be something that everybody has the right to have,” says Savage. “We’ve been making money for 18 out of the last 20 years, and any money we make over-and-above goes into the government.”
Savage adds, “There’s no reason for people to lose their door-to-door delivery with the amount of money they made to pre-tax profit of $194 million, there really isn’t any reason to remove door-to-door delivery from South Vancouver – or anywhere else in the country for that matter.”
She adds the union isn’t ready to give up the fight against the service cancellation, and it wants Canada post to get more public feedback before its ready to label the decision as anything but unfounded.
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