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

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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.

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