Presenting Your Petitions: Better VIA Rail & Postal Banking

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today.

    The first petition is from Canadians who believe that VIA Rail should have a management strategy. It does not have a long-term plan and direction approved by government, thus it can unilaterally end service on any given route, which affects thousands of Canadians. If we have a management strategy, VIA can increase rail travel, and reduce environmental and financial costs.

    The petitioners are asking the Government of Canada to support my Bill C-370 to establish a clear mandate for VIA Rail.

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from Canadians in support of postal banking.

    Nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to pay-day lenders, whose crippling lending rates affect the poor, marginalized, rural and indigenous communities most. There are 3,800 Canada Post outlets already in rural areas where there are few or no banks or credit unions.

     Canada Post has the infrastructure and the ability to make rapid transactions, including postal banking. Therefore, the petitioners are asking the government to enact my Motion No. 166 to create a committee to study and propose a plan for postal banking under Canada Post Corporation.