Quesnel City Council isn’t giving up the fight to save door to door mail delivery in the city.
That’s despite the fact it received a polite letter back from the Federal Government saying it was still going to happen and despite the fact, a resolution to that effect was defeated at the North Central Local Government Association’s AGM last week.
City Councillor Ron Paull gives a somewhat tongue in cheek reason for why it failed at NCLGA…
“As the proponent of the resolution that failed only because of the fact, there were too many country bumpkins in the room…”
“It was interesting that the Mayor of 100 Mile (Mitch Campsall) got up and said how I can support this when 100 Mile House had never had door to door mail delivery.”
Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg adds there was a definitive divide on the issue.
“Of all the resolutions this one took up the most time.”
“It did become a very urban-rural discussion unfortunately and when you had somebody saying how can I vote for a service I’ve never had, I get that.”
Council, at the urging of Councillor Shushil Thapar will now write a letter responding to the Federal Government’s letter stating that door to door delivery is an essential service for the City that needs to be protected.
Council will also send the resolution to the Union of BC Municipalities convention and to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Canada Post announced back in 2013 that is was going to phase this service out to customers over the next five years and replace it with community mail boxes…something that has yet to happen in Quesnel.
(Files from George Henderson)