Aside from privatizing mail delivery altogether, which would be my preferred option, here’s a great Plan B and a great way to reduce the size and scope of government without most of the public even noticing: reduce mail delivery to twice per week.
Everybody who even knows there’s a growing Canada Post strike going on right now acknowledges that, well, hardly any of us would even notice if Canada Post went on strike. True enough, but eventually we would notice, if only because we didn’t prepare and adjust for it (by, say, yawning). So I’m sure we still need some mail delivery, but hardly at the rate of five days per week.
In rural areas or those places in Canada so far removed from the rest of the world, Monday-to-Friday mail service is still necessary. Fine — leave that as is. The rest of us in urban and suburban Canada can easily adjust to twice weekly mail delivery. In fact it would be better. Less dogs would escape from our front yards. And less barking. I could rest my case right there in my neighborhood.
And as a turnabout from government meddling in my life on a daily basis as it does now, I would also like to meddle with the state-owned, state-run Canada Post’s policies such that private-sector advertisers who currently use the postal service for advertising/flyer delivery be told they can find a contractor in the private sector, instead of using (and giving rise to another excuse to maintain) the state-owned letter-delivery monopoly. That part of Canada Post’s business — just judging from the amount of pure crap I get every week — must constitute a huge part of what remains of Canada Post’s vastly reduced legitimate work load. And this is not at all a tangential point: none of us need that sort of work done through a huge state-owned operation, by highly-paid state workers with generous pension plans and nearly two months of paid vacations per year plus accumulated sick leave and more.
Businesses can easily find private sources for that kind of advertising. It would no doubt become cheaper for them anyway, and it would strike up all sorts of income and business opportunities for young and old entrepreneurs, part-timers, students, and it would help stoke the private sector as a general matter. We’d all win.
Moreover, it would help reduce the size and scope of that massive, dinosaur of a state-owned behemoth.
And this would all have the added benefit of reducing the power of the militant and extreme left-wing public sector union.
And hey here’s something I bet you never knew: that state-owned, state-run government behemoth, Canada Post, owns and runs one of Canada’s big parcel delivery companies too. You thought Purolator Couriers was a private outfit competing just like everybody else? Think again. It’s owned by Canada Post. Why? Who knows. Likely the same sort of the socialism-based rationale used by progressives to attempt to explain why the giant state-owned media — the dreadful CBC — owns nearly half of Sirius Satellite Radio in Canada. What kind of a government competes against its own citizens in business for profits? Do try to answer that.
So there’s a couple of ideas. I’m sure you can think of far more to add to them, too. So let’s do that.