Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Privatize Canda Post

The C.D. Howe says it's time to privatize Canada Post.

The group has come out with a report which says opening up the Postal service to competition would lead to innovation and better service.

And if any organization needed a dose of innovation it's the Post Office.

Just think about it. How do you mail a letter?

You stick a stamp in the upper right hand corner of an envelope -- which is exactly the same way you mailed a letter 200 years ago.

Can you think of any other group still using the same methods it used in the early 1800s?

I mean besides the Rolling Stones.


Anonymous said...

Yes! I would support this 100%.

Canada Post has long since abandoned the customer. Why not give folks a choice of service provider?

Maybe next in line is the CBC?

Money Bags4Me said...

I would think The Canadian Wheat Board would be another example.

Ron said...

C'mon, lets not get too radical with this.
They could easily improve things by adopting the Air Canada strategy:
Repaint the trucks and hire Celine Dion to sing a song for a million bucks.
Bim bam, problems solved.

Miles Lunn said...

I think end the monopoly should be the first step, although I am open to the idea of privatizing Canada Post in the long-run. In fact with the internet and fax machines, I wonder if the mail will even exist in 20 years.

As for the Canadian Wheat Board, privatizing it if it kept its single desk selling status wouldn't change a thing. The real issue is whether there should be a single desk, dual market, or open market.

Anonymous said...

Of course, the other side of the story is, who paid CD Howe to conduct the study? FedEx? UPS? These think-tanks don't do research for free (think Fraser Institute, Cato, etc.).