End of door-to-door mail delivery should be election issue: Westmount mayor

Westmount mayor Peter Trent says he wants the federal Liberals, or someone else, to take the lead in making the impending demise of home mail delivery an issue in next year's federal election.

"You cannot possibly implement these things in the next year or two; it's going to take at least five years," Trent told CJAD's James Mennie on Monday. "So what the Liberals can do is essentially what we did with the [municipal] demerger campaign, and say 'if you proceed with this....we're going to reverse it if we get elected."

The Harper government announced in December that door-to-door mail delivery would be phased out by 2019. Last week, it was announced that a number of West Island municipalities and boroughs, including Pointe-Claire, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pierrefonds, would become the next to lose their mail delivery next year.

By the end of 2015, the whole of the south shore will lose their mail delivery, too.

Instead, mail would be delivered to new community mailboxes, which people would have to walk to — or drive to. Trent says the move would not only be hard on the elderly and those with limited mobility, but it would not be very environmentally friendly.

"This is essentially a suburban or exurban solution forced on an urban setting," Trent says. "It may work in the farther reaches of Mascouche, but you start applying this, especially in downtown Montreal, and you have a huge problem of just where to find a place for these things."

Trent also suggests his city could simply not issue building permits for buildings that house the new community mailboxes.

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  1. Dan posted on 08/11/2014 12:39 PM
    Your old road is
    Rapidly aging
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can't lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin'.
  2. Murray posted on 08/11/2014 05:23 PM
    I will be pleased to go pick up my junk mail 1X/wk if it will save Canada Post some $$$. Actually if they delivered 1X/wk it would be better.
  3. le sigh posted on 08/11/2014 06:11 PM
    Big shocker here from the mayor of the most entitled municipality on the island.
  4. Michael posted on 08/11/2014 06:32 PM
    The mayor of Westmount should choose his battles. The Trudeau Liberals are not guaranteed to win the next election by any stretch of the imagination. Sure, their leader is a celebrity, but he lacks substance, and his policies are very weak. Should the Conservatives get re-elected, Mayor Trent may not find that Ottawa is too interested in dealing with him.
  5. crj posted on 08/11/2014 09:16 PM
    The community boxes are fine. I have used them in other cities with no problem. In fact in downtown Montreal in my area we use to have these boxes and they where removed. No problem with picking up my mail once per week if I want. And whats great is you can also mail your letters at these boxes also. On top of that when Canada Post delivers the junk flyers they can also be put back in their mailbox.
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