No improvements this winter: Canada Post

  • Nov. 11, 2010 2:00 p.m.

Islanders can expect postal service to remain slow for the time being, says MP Nathan Cullen, as Canada Post has indicated it won’t make any changes to the way it delivers mail to and from Haida Gwaii this winter. Mr. Cullen said he doesn’t think Canada Post is doing enough for islanders, but over the course of several meetings the corporation has stood firm on the issue. Now, officials have told him that they will wait and test how their system works over the winter before making any decisions. That system involves delivering all mail except government service cheques by ferry. Haida Gwaii has ferry service three times a week for most of the year, and sailings are often cancelled or delayed in the winter months due to weather. “The unfortunate thing is, the test of this winter is going to be on the people of Haida Gwaii,” Mr. Cullen said. “It’s ultimately frustrating.” Canada Post has the autonomy to decide how to serve the islands and the rules governing it are flexible enough that it can claim to be meeting service standards, he said. He said he agreed with the village of Queen Charlotte, which would like to see Ottawa make a clear decision on whether the islands should be considered a remote area or not. “The federal government has no consistent policy for the country on what is remote,” he said. “What is remote, to define it… It would only be logical.”