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Friday, January 22, 2010

Richard Truscott takes over from Danielle Smith at CFIB

Danielle Smith left her job as Alberta director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to run for the leadership of the fledgling Wildrose Alliance. She won, of course, which is exciting for libertarians and small-government conservatives in the province.

It is also exciting that the job she left behind has been filled by a fellow friend of liberty -- Richard Truscott.

Truscott spent five years as Provincial Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in Saskatchewan and before that spent four years working as a research and communication specialist on Parliament Hill for the Reform Party focused on agriculture, resource, and trade issues.

In a recent column in the Calgary Herald, Truscott took on Canada Post’s increases in postal rates:

What is really driving Canada Post's thirst for new revenue are labour costs that have been rising far above both inflation and the average increases in the private sector. In fact, according to the CFIB's research, wages for Canada Post's back-office staff are 17 per cent higher, and more than 40 per cent higher for both wages and benefits, than private-sector employees in similar positions.

So while the real class war continues, take a brief moment to enjoy the fact that people like Smith and Truscott are influencing Canada’s most important small business advocacy organization.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on January 22, 2010 | Permalink


What with all the bicycle couriers, the parcel delivery vehicles, the Fedex-like delivery organizations, and other privately-owned delivery entities, it's a wonder that Canada Post can make any profit at all. Unless they have a monopoly of some sort. Anyway, I am pleased to see a viable Wildrose Alliance able to put positive pressure on the Alberta government. [Left-leaning parties - such as the NDP - put negative pressure on governments.]

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-01-23 11:36:34 AM

I do not patronize crown corporations so Canada Post can raise rates as high as they like for all I care.

And as for all the crap that is dumped in my mailbox, I simply pick it up once a month on the way to the recycler and trash it with all the flyers I also have to haul away at my personal expense.

Email does everything and what cannot be emailed or scanned (which is almost nothing) can go in a courier packet.

Canada Post is irrelevant.

Posted by: snowgirl | 2010-01-24 11:45:11 PM

Snowgirl, I agree with you. I might question the value of recycling, but that is another topic. Personally I use Canada Post so little, that I care about it even less. Not only is it a monopoly, those that live in urban areas subsidize those in rural areas.

Posted by: TM | 2010-01-25 9:53:34 PM

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