Musings —06.17.2015 10:07 AM—
To wit, my made-up Tory Talking Points about the move:
“One, two-thirds of Canadians don’t get home delivery anymore. Why should that last one-third? We think everyone deserves to pay more and get less!
Two, the postal service can’t afford to provide postal services anymore. And those many years where we were reporting that we were doing well? Er, never mind. Now we’re doing poorly.
Three, no one will care, no one will notice. And your disabled, 90-year-old grandma, who can barely get to the front door, let alone a “community mailbox” several blocks away? Well, she needs the exercise.”
The Liberal leader has now wisely said he will restore it. I think that’s smart because:
- It’ll be popular with seniors, who (a) vote more (b) have drifted away from the Grits (c) see mail delivery as something they’ve already paid for with their tax dollars
- It’ll be popular with those who (rightly) see community mail boxes as places that are inconvenient, messy and often inaccessible and/or dangerous
- It’ll be popular because elections are, you know, sort of hard to win when you are promising to do less for more
After Eve Adams and Bill Blair and Chrystia Freeland, after the “open nominations” farce, after forcing candidates to vote his way on matters of conscience, Justin Trudeau’s democratic reform proposals are simply not credible.
But with his wee Canada Post idea, he’s delivered a winner.