Pondered 9,000 Postal Layoffs

A confidential 1986 cabinet memo proposed massive job and service cuts at the post office as the only way to eliminate recurring deficits, Access To Information records show. Then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney dropped the plan as “too Draconian,” he said: “Measures would be unpopular with the public and the probability of labour unrest could not be discounted.”

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