OUR VIEW: What has Canada Post been smoking?

Are they stoned?

A four-member panel studying the future viability of the beleaguered Canada Post Corporation this week released its 94-page report, “Canada Post in the Digital Age.” The panel notes the legalization of marijuana “could present a new revenue potential” for Canada Post, “which stands to capture a large part of the recreational shipment volume.” The panel also contemplates charging fees for door-to-door mail delivery and installing more community mailboxes.

The panel says the “impact” of Canada Post not carrying through with its community mailbox program – controversial for the increased vandalism and thievery these boxes clearly invite – could be offset by annual fees of $22 per address, or $88 “if only applied to addresses receiving door-to-door delivery.”

User fees? C’mon. Our taxes are already keeping this bloated boat afloat. Furthermore, delivering “recreational pot” through the mail, into community mailboxes, will provide more incentive for thieves to go fishing about in them in hopes of scoring a high.

A parting question: If Canada Post delivers state-sanctioned recreational pot through the mail, if legalization comes to be, what’s to stop drug dealers from doing the same, with who knows what added into their “product?” Currently, the Canada Post Corporation Act blocks police from getting warrants to seize mail in all cases not constituting a national security risk.

– Black Press