"Only in Canada, you say?"
Since most of us have few occasions to use "snail mail" we don't know how slow it's become.
It really shows on letters sent out of the country. I've sent quite a few money orders to sellers in the States. The fastest took 2 weeks, the longest took 5!
Parcels of amp parts shipped from the States have improved a bit. Up until a couple of years ago a parcel shipped Air Mail from an American vendor took 1 day to hit the border, where Canadian posties immediately re-classified it as 3rd class and played around with it for nearly a month.
These past few months I've been pleasantly surprised. Shipmments have consistently been coming in around 2 weeks.
They must have a new kid on the line. They'll straighten him out and get him to move as slow as the rest of them, I'm sure.
We "old folks" remember how things used to be. In the early 60's my family moved from Nova Scotia to Burlington, Ontario. I would get a letter from my grandmother in Pictou, NS in the morning. I would write a reply and leave it in our mailbox, for the mailman to take with him. You see, not only did posties pick up your outgoing mail from your box but THEY CAME AROUND TWICE A DAY!
At 3:00 sharp in the afternoon they took my reply away. My grannie got my reply THE VERY NEXT MORNING!
By the end of the 60's they had begun to "improve things". They no longer delivered twice a day and they no longer picked up your outgoing mail at the same time. You had to go to a mailbox and post it yourself. Then the number of boxes began to decline. You can be hard pressed to find one these days!
The Post Office doesn't spread this around but a few years ago they bought out Purolator! I guess they weren't optimistic about improving themselves so they now own a separate company for "when it really has to get there!"
The French used to define a country as civilised by having a working, efficient mail system. They were talking then about emerging countries in Africa. We could use the same definition about Canada Post...
Oh well, at least our beer is still first class!