That’s par for the course ever since Canada Post decided to order the mailboxes from a firm in Florence, Kansas.
In late 2014 the Winnipeg Free Press broke the story that the Crown corporation decided to go with the same firm that manufactures large “cluster” boxes for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Canada Post has traditionally purchased community boxes and other street furniture, such as corner mail and relay boxes, from Quebec’s Rousseau Metal, which did not obtain a chance to bid.
The NDP accused the government at the time of secrecy, saying “they are keeping their decisions in the dark.”
But post office spokesman Jon Hamilton told the Free Press that going with the Kansas company would save $400-$500 million annually, and the design – which differs from traditional community boxes – allows for magazines and “80 per cent” of packets and parcels to be delivered in wider boxes.
“I think that’s total crap, we could have made them here,” Windsor postal union president Jeff Carroll said.
The new Liberal government put a temporary stop to the rollout of the much unpopular boxes, replacing door to door delivery in older neighbourhoods.
So far, locally, they’ve mainly been installed in Tecumseh.
Carroll also accused Canada Post of not being transparent.
“They’re so secretive in everything they do,” he said.
Meanwhile the official said the union is hoping to have input into a general review of the post office this March, when Canada Post management is to go before the government.
“We’re hoping to get our equal time with the Liberals also and try to push back, restore door to door for everybody.”