Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has taken a jackhammer to the concrete slab foundation of a community mailbox in l’Anse-à-l’Orme nature park.

The mayor was protesting what he says is a lack of consultation with the city as Canada Post moves from door-to-door service to community mailboxes.

Coderre with jackhammer

Denis Coderre used a jackhammer to break the base of the Canada Post community mailbox. (CBC)

Throughout the day, Coderre had expressed his disappointment with the Crown corporation via a news conference, angry tweets, and finally, destroying the concrete slab itself.

“It’s a matter of fact that they’re doing what they want, and then they try and piss in your ears and say, ‘Oh don’t worry, we are wishing to collaborate,’ but at the end of the day, baloney, it’s not working,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Coderre said it was “totally disgraceful” that the Crown corporation moved to erect community boxes in Parc l’Anse-à-l’Orme without any authorization from the municipality.

Flanked by Westmount Mayor Peter Trent, Southwest borough Mayor Benoit Dorais, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension Mayor Anie Samson and Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis, Coderre condemned Canada Post for what he called a total absence of consultation.

He said Canada Post’s brazen community-mailbox placements go against Montreal urban planning procedures, and he’ll have none of it.

“I think it’s wrong the way they’re acting,” Coderre said. “They said they were consulting. Hello? Anybody home? They’re doing what they want, savagely, and they’re arrogant.”

After he took a jackhammer to the slab of concrete, he announced he’d be sending the cost of the damage to Canada Post.


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