Rebecca Millette


Canada Post quickly removes sexually explicit items from web shopping links

Rebecca Millette

OTTAWA, Ontario, February 3, 2011 ( – Canada Post was quick to remove inappropriate shopping links from their online Comparison Shopper yesterday after complaints made during question period in the House of Commons.

Liberal MP Bonnie Crombie protested that Canada Post’s website promotes stores that sell “sex toys, racy accessories and other erotica,” reported the National Post.

Minister of State for Transport, Rob Merrifield, along with Minister Chuck Strahl have been appointed Ministers responsible for Canada Post Corporation.  Merrifield said his department would be undertaking a “full investigation.”  “It would be inappropriate for a Crown corporation and the corrective measures will be taken,” said Merrifield.

Canada Post spokesperson, Anick Losier, confirmed that the Comparison Shopper linked to a store called The Adult Boutique, but said it has since been removed. “We apologize for the inappropriate content on our Comparison Shopper site,” said Losier. “Once the content was brought to our attention, we had it and any links to the third-party website taken down.”

Searching “lingerie” in Canada Post’s Comparison Shopper resulted in various sites, including The Adult Boutique.  Canada Post has since reviewed and removed other links to similarly inappropriate content.

Losier said that even though filters are set up to thwart such retailers from appearing on the website, “clearly they are inadequate and we are working with our partners to fix that.” 

Contact information:

The Minister of State (Transport)
Honourable Rob Merrifield
Room 304 Justice Building, House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6

Phone: (613) 992-1653
Fax: (613) 992-3459
E-mail: [email protected]

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