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Cullen says postal cuts go too far

Skeena - Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is calling Canada Post service reductions "brutal".

Canada Post announced last week it will phase out door-to-door delivery of mail in urban areas in a new bid to cut costs.

Regardless of the reasoning, Cullen said the cuts from the postal service are too much.

“I think the workers and Canadians who rely on this service are being made to pay for the bad decisions by this management and the Harper government,” Cullen said.

“The timing of this whole thing is awful. Just before Christmas and just after Parliament shuts down,” he said, adding it’s a clear sign that government isn’t worried about what Canadians think.

Cullen said he is also angered by a recent comment by Government House leader Peter Van Loan.

Van Loan said critics of Canada Post’s planned service cuts remind him of residents of a fancy Toronto neighbourhood who complained about spending cuts that forced garbage collectors to cease coming up their driveways to pick up their trash, with Cullen calling the analogy offensive.

The MP said he believes this is just the first step, expecting that government will be closing down post offices in small communities next.

“I think [the government] will say there’s no immediate service or reason to check in then close down some of the offices in smaller communities,” he said.

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