The Liberals campaigned heavily on a promise to return communities that had lost door to door service, back to the traditional way of getting their mail but on Wednesday they announced they will not be doing that after all.
That news comes after a national review that saw a panel meet with residents across the country that recommended a return to door to door service. But instead of adopting that recommendation, the status quo will remain as Ottawa has announced no further changes to community mailboxes will happen but there will be no move back to door to door for those that have already changed.
"We wanted to take a forward looking approach to this and we did look at the cost of reversing all of the conversions that happened under the previous government." explained Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough. "It was considered to be disruptive because people who got conversions done... have been living with them for some time."
About 840,000 homes have been converted since 2014 but the original plan announced by the then Conservative government was to convert 5 million homes.
Critics were already blasting the Liberals for breaking their campaign promise as a leaked report Wednesday morning showed the plans for Canada Post hours before the official announcement. But Qualtrough says they are keeping their promise by terminating the community mailboxes conversions. But many argue that candidates promised voters that door to door delivery would be re-instated if the Liberals were to form government.
We attempted to contact Saskatchewan's only Liberal Member of Parliament to discuss the announcement but Ralph Goodale's office explained a busy schedule prevented him from doing an interview on Wednesday.