LETTER: Saturday service needed in Balfour

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Dear Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport;

I am writing to bring to your attention concerns that have been expressed by a number of my constituents from the town of Balfour, BC.

Canada Post has announced over the past several months that it will be eliminating Saturday service in a number of the smaller and rural post offices in my riding, including Balfour.

Because Balfour is at least half an hour’s drive from the nearest post office, people who commute outside of the community on weekdays are not able to access their local post office during regular business hours Monday to Friday. They rely on Saturday service, as one constituent writes in the attached, “to pick up mail parcels, buy or cash money orders, pick up registered letters or purchase postal products...Currently, the only time we are able to do business at the Balfour Post Office is on Saturdays.”

Another constituent writes that “in no way do these hours of operation meet the useful needs of the people of Balfour and area.”

My office has also received a number of phone calls from residents who oppose the elimination of Saturday service at the Balfour Post Office.

Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.


Alex Atamanenko, MP

BC Southern Interior


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