POSTAL BANKING: SIGN e-Petition 1236 to Jan. 5, 2018!

POSTAL BANKING: SIGN e-Petition 1236 to Jan. 5, 2018!

Postby Oscar » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:56 am

Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter launches e-petition in support of postal banking

[ https://canadians.org/blog/quill-plains ... al-banking ]

September 8, 2017 - 1:05 pm

Click here to sign the petition! Signatures until Jan. 5, 2018
[ [ https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Peti ... ion=e-1236 ]


The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter has launched a House of Commons e-petition calling for postal banking.

The guide for e-petitions notes, "An e-petition will remain open for signatures for 120 days. To receive final certification, an e-petition must receive a minimum of 500 valid signatures during this period. ...The Standing Orders (the rules governing the House of Commons) require the government to respond within 45 calendar days to every petition presented in the House of Commons. You, the supporters, the signatories, and the sponsor will be notified by e-mail when the response is tabled in the House."

Postal banking is a crucial issue.

Our ally the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has stated, "Canada needs a postal bank. Thousands of rural towns and villages in our country do not have a bank, but many of them have a post office that could provide financial services."

Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter activist Elaine Hughes has highlighted in a letter to the editor published in the Wadena News this summer that Canada's three biggest banks will be closing down 20 of their rural branches in Saskatchewan this year.

E-1236 raises concerns about bank closures, the need for "a public banking system that works for all Canadians", and concludes, "We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to make a rapid transition to include postal banking in its mandate."

To add your name to this petition, please click here:
[ https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Peti ... ion=e-1236 ]


The petition, sponsored by NDP MP Niki Ashton, is open for signatures until January 5, 2018 - but don't delay, sign today!

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Re: POSTAL BANKING: SIGN e-Petition 1236 to Jan. 5, 2018!

Postby Oscar » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:01 am

e-PETITION 1236

[ https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Peti ... ion=e-1236 ]

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:


•Over the last two decades, 1700 of Canada's rural towns, villages and some Indigenous communities, have lost access to financial services due to bank closures;

•Nearly 2 million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders with their crippling lending rates, hitting poor, marginalized, rural and Indigenous communities the hardest;

•Access to financial services is critical in keeping small communities alive and vibrant, especially with the trend to assist senior citizens, for example, to remain in their own homes as long as possible;

•Many Canadians do not own a vehicle or drive (especially in winter) to another town to access financial services or own a computer in order to seek access to financial services to do their financial transactions online;

•3,800 Canada Post outlets (60%) are in rural areas where there are fewer banks and credit unions and, as Canada Post already has the infrastructure to make a rapid transition to include postal banking, it would prove to be as viable alternative;

•Many global postal systems include access to banking - the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand – all publicly-owned and earn significant revenue without charging prohibitive fees and making the banking sector more competitive; and

•It's time we had a public banking system that works for all Canadians.

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to make a rapid transition to include postal banking in its mandate.

Sponsor: Niki Ashton Churchill—Keewatinook Aski NDP Manitoba
History: Open for signature : September 7, 2017, at 2:49 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : January 5, 2018, at 2:49 p.m. (EDT)
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