Canada Post not viable without ‘transformational changes’: task force

OTTAWA – A task force studying the national mail carrier says Canada Post isn’t financially self-sustainable under its current structure.And it says transformational changes are needed to prevent taxpayers from having to prop it up.The four-member panel issued a discussion paper Monday that suggests a number of ways the letter carrier can turn its business model around, including distributing legalized marijuana, charging fees for door-to-door delivery and reverting to a move toward installing more community mail boxes. Story continues below

READ MORE: Canada Post reaches tentative two-year deal with union A Commons committee has scheduled cross-country hearings this month to hear Canadians’ views of what they want from the postal service. The ideas contained in the discussion paper are meant as a launching pad for those public consultations.The task force says a significant decline in letter mail deliveries is sapping revenues at Canada Post, a loss that …