July 2nd, 2020
MP Alistair MacGregor Helps Secure Postal Service to Penelakut Island
Direct mail delivery that started in mid-March has especially been appreciated since pandemic restrictions
PENELAKUT ISLAND- Regular mail service to Penelkaut Island that started around the same time as COVID-19 restrictions in mid-March has been a godsend for the Penelakut Tribe.
“It saves people having to go to the other side for the mail,” said Administrator Jim Chisholm. “Alistair MacGregor was a big, big help in getting us that mail service. He gets things done.”
MacGregor, the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP, first became involved in February of 2018 when the matter was brought to the attention of his office by a constituent.
The following month, a letter was sent to the Minister of Public Service and Procurement, and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs on behalf of the Penelakut First Nation.
In July of 2018, the Minister of Public Service and Procurement, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, replied to MacGregor’s letter, mentioning she had forwarded his concerns to the management team at Canada Post and they would be contacting the Penelakut First Nation.
MacGregor received a letter in November of 2018 from Canada Post offering its support and direct contact information, which was forwarded to the Penelakut office. No further correspondence was received after that by his office before service began in March.
“We get mail delivery daily and it’s wonderful,” said Chisholm. “It saves people having to go over to Chemainus to get their mail.”
“After several years and multiple conversations with concerned constituents from Chemainus, government officials, as well as Penelakut Tribe members, I am pleased to learn that the postal needs of Penelakut Island residents will be adequately addressed. This issue demonstrates that through community involvement and activism, real change can be achieved.” -MP Alistair MacGregor