After being challenged by the City of Montreal, Canada Post indicates that it will accomplish its mission by delivering the Publisac. For its part, the Government of Canada will not interfere.
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“Be aware that as the national postal service provider, Canada Post is required to deliver all mail that is properly prepared and paid for, including direct mail. This is part of our long-standing mandate and ensures that the postal service does not choose which mail is delivered, ”explained, by email, Valérie Chartrand, spokesperson for the Crown corporation.
She specified that Montrealers will be able to choose not to receive “Courrier de quartier” articles, thanks to a program already in place. However, certain items are exempt, including government mailings and community newspapers.
“We understand what the City of Montreal is trying to accomplish,” assured Ms. Chartrand, who refers to the measures taken by Canada Post in environmental matters.
Last April, the City adopted an “opt-in” regulation under which only addresses that request it will continue to receive the Publisac, which should come into effect next May. However, TC Transcontinental then turned to Canada Post to have the Crown corporation distribute its bag of advertising inserts.
On Monday, the City of Montreal took a position, during its municipal council, to demand that Ottawa intervene to prevent Canada Post from distributing the Publisac.
“After consulting our experts, we have agreed that Canada Post is better placed to answer your questions,” replied a spokesperson for the Government of Canada, when questioned about this.
A position that disappoints the office of the mayor of Montreal.
“As Canada Post intends to flout the firm will of the people of Montreal as well as a city by-law, this becomes an eminently political question. We are disappointed that the government refuses to position itself and we expect it to take action to respect its commitment to make a success of the ecological transition and limit waste, ”said Marikym Gaudreault, press officer in the office of the mayor. .
TC Transcontinental has indicated that it will not issue any comment.
In June, the company also launched a lawsuit against the City to invalidate its bylaw.
In a similar decision last April, the Superior Court ruled in favor of the City of Mirabel, which adopted a similar by-law in 2019.
-With the collaboration of Raphaël Pirro