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Mail carrier Leo Gaspari delivers mail on his route in the Don Mills and Lawrence area in Toronto on Dec. 11, 12013. Gaspari has worked for Canada Post for 33 years, 20 of which he has delivered mail. He will be retiring in two years but is worried about the pension trouble Canada Post is having.
Mail carrier Leo Gaspari delivers mail on his route in the Don Mills and Lawrence area in Toronto on Dec. 11, 12013. Gaspari has worked for Canada Post for 33 years, 20 of which he has delivered mail. He will be retiring in two years but is worried about the pension trouble Canada Post is having.
(DEBORAH BAIC/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Mail delivery cutbacks a calculated risk for Conservatives

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Canada Post may be at arm’s length from government, but mail and politics have always been closely linked.

When the Conservative government imposed back-to-work legislation in 2011 to end a labour dispute at Canada Post, Tory MPs justified the move by saying they were hearing complaints from constituents and needed to restore an essential service.