Fight to keep Canada Post outlet on Water Street pays off for Little Current
September 7th, 2012 - 8:05pm
Elliot Lake – Little Current is keeping its Water Street post office thanks to the collaborative work of the Little Current Business Improvement Area (BIA), municipal, and federal politicians that led to successful negotiations with Canada Post. The new agreement allows the outlet to remain in its current location while Little Current and the Municipality of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands receive a more beneficial lease agreement with Canada Post.
“This is great news and shows how working together can bring about a positive result for everyone,” said Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.
Hughes met with the BIA in July to hear concerns about the negative economic impact the loss of the outlet would have on downtown businesses. After the briefing, the MP contacted Canada Post to encourage them to return to the negotiating table since it seemed both sides were not that far apart.
Little Current BIA President, Debby Turner, says the suggestions from the MP were helpful in making the wishes of the public part of the process.
“We would like to thank Carol for taking time to meet with our BIA and suggesting we do a post card, poster, and button campaign, which we called ‘Let It Be’,” said Ms Turner. “We received over a thousand post cards from concerned citizens and visitors alike. Mayor and council listened and continued negotiations with Canada Post. As a result, our post office is staying in downtown Little Current.”
Hughes believes the BIA is responsible for the success and deserves the lion’s share of the credit for keeping the post office in place.
“This agreement is a real feather in the cap for the town’s negotiators and the BIA who spearheaded the campaign to keep the outlet. The great response to the ‘Let It Be’ campaign showed that the community was passionate on this issue" said Hughes.
Hughes states the formula for success can be translated to other places and should be inspiring for communities and business groups in the constituency who are staring down seemingly dead-end negotiations with the government.
“In my view, situations like this one prove that when there is a will there's always a way to find an acceptable agreement” said Hughes. "I was pleased that I was able to be of assistance in bringing the sides together.”