Dear editor,

I am appalled that Deepak Chopra, president of Canada Post, would defend the cancelling of home mail delivery by saying seniors have told him they want the fresh air and exercise of walking to lock mailboxes. In my many years of reading about and listening to current events, this is by far the lamest, most ludicrous reason I’ve heard from anybody about anything. His attitude smacks of elitism.
Upon hearing Mr. Chopra still receives 33 per cent of his pay in yearly bonuses when Canada Post must restructure to remain a viable business, I became angry.  Canada Post has one president, two group presidents, seven senior vice presidents and 12 vice presidents. All undoubtably with hefty salaries and yearly bonuses. Does it really take 22 highly paid and ludicrously bonused people to run Canada Post? Does the exorbitant increase in the price of stamps reflect these executives’ desire to maintain the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed? I’ve joked about the amount of money I spend on postage in the course of a year. Little did I realize I was supporting 22 upper echelon in Canada Post.
Mr. Chopra said Canadians were consulted about the proposed changes to Canada Post. This flies in the face of reality. Forty-six communities consulted is not a fair representation considering the vast number of communities in Canada ranging from isolated to urban.
I get that Canada Post must restructure to remain viable considering the technology available for people to communicate. I get that younger generations have no traditional history of communicating via paper mail.
I don’t get that millions of Canadians, with surgical precision, have been disenfranchised without concern.
I think I get the large increase in the price of stamps. The message here is Canada Post does not want to be in the business of letter delivery. They are ensuring that next year’s stats will show a sharp decline in letters sent, thus justifying the position they have taken today.
Even those who think they will not be affected must speak out. If millions of Canadians can be disenfranchised so easily, so unexpectedly, so arbitrarily and without concern, what could happen in the future to the due process we expect of our democracy?

Anne Roberts
Merritt