Exactly one week after the Liberals won the Federal Election, Canada Post decided to stop replacing door-to-door delivery with community mailboxes, and it now says it will work “collaboratively” with the government to determine the best path forward given the challenges in the postal system.
It adds, with roughly 460,000 addresses across the country currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes, like the ones now in place in Fort St. John, efforts are now underway to place the comprehensive program on hold in an orderly fashion, Mike Palecek is the National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which is applauding the decision, and he says workers were campaigning for this for the past few years before making it an election issue.
Palecek adds the union will continue to work to restore door to door delivery to the thousands of homes that have already lost service.
He adds he’s not sure when or if door to door service will be re-instated in communities that have already lost it, but he was surprised to hear reports that some in this community have expressed a preference for the mail box service, saying he suspects that could be a response.
That noted he also says it appears the incoming Liberal government is following up on an election campaign promise to put an immediate moratorium on service cuts and conduct a public mandate review of Canada Post – and he talked to us about where he thinks the postal service needs to go now.
Asked about the next step in the debate, he said: