In the CTF’s fight with Canada Post, the Office of the Information Commissioner (OICC) found the postal monopoly to be in clear violation of the Access to Information and Privacy Act. The CTF filed an Access to Information request in November requiring Canada Post to disclose how much it spent on purchasing and installing ‘anti-graffiti’ wraps.
In a letter to the CTF, Carmen Garrett of the OICC stated that, “[Canada Post] failed to respond .. by the statutory due date,” and was “in a position of deemed refusal.” The letter went on to say that Canada Post’s reasons for violating the information laws were not valid.
Like several other crown corporations, Canada Post was brought under the information laws when the Accountability Act was passed. Like some of those other crown corporations, Canada Post has failed to live up to it’s obligations to taxpayers and disclose how its spends the public’s money.
With the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) on strike demanding raises that most in the private sector cannot look forward to, perhaps it is time that we remove Canada Post’s obligations to disclose how it spends taxpayers money, buy cutting it loose from government and letting it compete in the open market.