From The Gazette

Pointe-Claire

Pointe Claire Village post office to close

Canada Post has announced it will follow through with its decision to close the post office in Pointe Claire Village.

The post office will be shuttered Oct. 5, bringing an end to more than 150 years of post office service in the village. The announcement was made Friday, September 7.

“As we are facing declining mail volumes, we must continually look across our network to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and maintain service to Canadians,” Anick Losier, Canada Post’s director of media relations explained in an email to The Gazette.

“There are seven other post offices within a five-kilometre radius of this location,” added Losier. “The way the post office is being used is changing and we must adapt to ensure long-term viability of the service.”

Area residents, merchants and local officials were quick to denounce the closure, which comes on the heels of the bankruptcy of L’Épicerie du Village, the newly-opened grocery store that shut down its doors two weeks ago, a mere four months after opening. The post office is located in a heritage building at the corner of Lakeshore Rd. and Cartier Ave.

“It is a terrible loss for the village,” said Claude Arsenault, president of the Société pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine de Pointe-Claire and a member of the local lobby effort that sprung up in June to save the post office.

More than 1,300 signatures were collected on petitions opposing the closure and, Pointe Claire city council passed a resolution calling for a more open public consultation in the community.

Now, it appears the 30-day public consultation in which Pointe-Claire residents were invited to comment on the closure by mail or online was just a matter of going through the motions, Arsenault charged.

Federal Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia for Lac-Saint-Louis, the riding where the post office is located, said he is going to ask that the decision “be jettisoned” when the House of Commons resumes sitting this month.

Canada Post “has a much broader mandate than making profits,” Scarpaleggia said Monday. “The business model should always be tempered by other concerns. I don’t see how this small post office is such a burden to the corporation.”

Union leader Alain Duguay said the closure is one of 17 Canada Post-operated post offices slated to close this year, 10 of which are in Quebec.

“Montreal has been particularly hard hit,” Duguay said, citing post office closures at Montreal’s Place du Parc as well as in Longueuil, Lachine, Montreal North and Pointe Claire.

“There’s a pattern of strangulation,” he said, noting how franchises that have been opened around the post offices draw off business to the point that Canada Post can justify closing a corporately-run post office, like the one in Pointe-Claire.

“It’s an ideological — not a financial issue,” he said.

One comment

  1.       This post office should have been closed years ago. I live near the village and every time I went in it was like a morgue. There were two bored looking employees hovering around. Meanwhile there is a post office in the pharmaprix nearby..another one just up the street in point claire plaza. 

          When I moved here 12 years ago from western Canada I was very surprised to see two full service post offices in such close proximity..there was one near highway 20 and st charles and this one in the village. In western Canada its been years and years since most post offices have been closed and moved into pharmacies but once again Montreal managed to hang onto these institutions much longer because of political clout. There are still way too many government agencies and other pseuso government institutions in this city just to keep the masses employed..

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