Kelly Pedro of the London Free Press reports. "Canada Post is playing Grinch and beating Canadians to the punch, suspending the sale of permanent stamps."
A Canada Post spokesperson is quoted as saying the move was to prevent people from buying permanent stamps to avoid the price hike.
According to the report, "You can't buy the permanent stamps anymore - those with a "P" on them, which Canada Post introduced in 2006 to save it from having to print millions of one-cent stamps and protect Canadians from postal rate hikes. They won't be back on the market until March 31, 2014. That's when it'll cost you $1 for a stamp to mail a letter - 37 cents more than it does now.
Canada's "P" stamps are similar to the United States "Forever" stamps.