Canada Post—Protection of Rights for People with DisabilitiesPublished on 18 October 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Serge Joyal (retired)
Hon. Serge Joyal:
Will the minister entertain another question?
Hon. Judy Foote, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement: Of course.
Senator Joyal: I listened carefully to the answer you gave to our colleague Senator Petitclerc about the rights of people with disabilities in relation to Canada Post, and I am left on my appetite, if I can say so, because you gave her an answer that was essentially a description of a committee that travels across Canada to seek the opinion of Canadians. But I think that I would want to get from you a commitment that, as a minister, you will ensure the rights of people with disabilities in Canada that are protected under section 15 of the Charter. People with disabilities have the right not only to equality but also to the same benefit of the law as does any other Canadian. You, as a minister, in my humble opinion, have a responsibility to make sure that in the revision of the mandate of Canada Post that the rights of people with disabilities will be protected.
Can you make that pledge to me in this chamber that you will bring personal attention to it to make sure that is observed?
Ms. Foote: Thank you and I apologize if I left that impression, but absolutely. Our government is committed to doing everything we possibly can to make our buildings and anything that we’re responsible for accessible, so I make that commitment.
As I said, we’re listening to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. I may have pre-judged the outcome of that consultation process, but certainly our government is committed to doing everything we can to make sure that our buildings are accessible and that any buildings our Crown agencies are responsible for are also accessible.
Senator Joyal: In that regard, could you make sure that when the service is redefined there won’t be an additional burden for a person with a disability to have to hire somebody to go and pick up the mail at whatever corner or place the mail will be put and people will then have to have an additional personal expense to get a right that they already enjoy presently under the system?
Ms. Foote: Thank you for the question. Just let me repeat that we are as committed as any government has ever been or will ever be to making sure that those who are disabled have access to the services that they need.