The Canadian postal service recently announced plans to phase out home delivery over the next five years, replacing it with “community mail boxes” for the 5 million urban residents who still rely on door-to-door deliveries.
Canadians were divided over the news, with some arguing that it would make Canada Post, which is struggling with declining mail volume and high pension costs, even less used, while others believe it’s an essential step for the post office to remain self-sustaining in a digital age. For Americans, there should be only one reaction: envy.
Canada Post and the U.S. Postal Service, both created in 1756 by Benjamin Franklin when he was postmaster of Britain’s North American colonies, share many of the same problems thanks to digital disruption and ballooning pensions. But they’re different in one very important way: Unlike the U.S.P.S., which is tethered to Congress like a dog on a leash, Canada Post…
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