Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NDP Party of Canada, Party of the Privileged Few

I have had all I can take with the "fight to save Canada Post's home delivery." Every time, it's about saving home delivery for those that currently have it. No one proposes getting home delivery back for those that have lost it before. And no one proposes starting home delivery for those communities that have never had it.

That's right. Never had home delivery. I grew up in a little town in rural Ontario. We never had home delivery. We had the Post Office. It was the only way of communicating with the outside world other than the telephone (and many of my peers had homes with party lines. Not the best for long conversations.) To get your mail, you had to trudge to the Post Office, Monday to Friday only, and get your mail from your mailbox. Same to send any mail.

In the 1970s, my community had the singular distinction of having the highest proportion of Senior Citizens of any community in Ontario. It was a time before the electric scooter and we had no transit options of any kind. We lived in the snow belt where we measured snow depth in feet, not inches. The Post Office was the gateway to the outside world, where you got your letters, post cards, bills, cheques and parcels (other than Simpsons Sears catalog orders.) The mail was central to our lives. Young and old alike had to walk (or drive) up to the Post office, in sun, snow and rain and drop-off and pickup our mail.

Then in the 80s Canada Post announced it was eliminating the Post Office based mailboxes and installing community mailboxes. These mailboxes would be distributed around the community, closer to residents, so they wouldn't have to walk as far every day. And guess what? The community objected. The Post Office was where people met, swapped stories, gossiped and caught up with each other. That central meeting space would disappear, and the soul of the community would go with it.

Well not so much, the community adapted. There was still the grocery store, library, churches the Legion and other locales. The soul survived after all.

But for more than 40 (50, 60?) years, there has been no home delivery for many small communities in rural Ontario. From the time when mail was the be-all and end-all for communication to now when most of what is delivered is flyers no one give a crap about. And since I've moved out on my own, everywhere I've lived, I've never had home delivery. Always a community mailbox. And somehow I survived.

So to all those people trying to save home mail delivery that cry "what about seniors, the disabled, the shut-ins?" I reply "Where the fuck have you been for the last 50 years? NOW you give a shit?"

Oh that's right because now it affects you. And now you're selfishly trying to save home delivery for yourselves. And the NDP is there for you.

Well screw you. Nobody campaigned to expand home mail delivery back when it mattered. And no one is campaigning to expand it now. You just want to keep it for yourselves, in a time when mail is becoming increasing irrelevant. Trust me and the thousands of seniors and disabled individuals that lived without it for the last half-century. You can live without it too. 

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