New Westminster city councillor wants post office in Sapperton

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New Westminster city council is a supporter for the Sapperton area to have its own post office.

City councillor Lorrie Williams wants a post office in Sapperton. “People in Sapperton have to go to Burnaby to pick up [their] parcels.”

Williams said, with the Sapperton population going up and the brewery district developing, the area needs a post office.

She is a strong advocate for the postal service and mail. “I suggested postal banking. Studies have already been done in European countries.

“Instead of cutting back, start making money. Expand instead of shrink.”

Williams claimed Canada Post sends more parcels than UPS. “They can go commercial that way.”

City council unanimously supported Williams in this campaign.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a study last month called Why Canada Needs Postal Banking and it found many Canadians are not served by banking institutions.

It compared successful postal banking models in five industrialized countries: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand.

In a CCPA news release, it said the study gives an idea of “how postal banking would succeed in Canada and help improve and stabilize Canada Post’s services and revenues.”

The study said there is an estimated 3% to 15% of Canadians who do not have a bank account.

It recommends the federal government and Canada Post to “immediately establish a task force to determine how to deliver new financial services and determine priorities for delivering new products.”

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