Mail delivery across the country has come to a screeching halt as Canada Post, after 12 days of rotating mini-lockouts from coast to coast, finally has locked out its employees en masse. “The accelerating decline in volumes and revenue combined with the inability to deliver mail on a timely and safe basis has left the company with no choice but to make this decision,” the Crown corporation said in a statement. “We believe that a lockout is the best way to bring a timely resolution to this impasse and force the union to seriously consider proposals that address the declining mail volumes and the $3.2-billion pension deficit.” Meanwhile CUPW national president Denis Lemelin insisted the rolling strikes had affected only about 30 per cent of the Canadian population so far, while plenty of mail in the system awaits delivery. The union chief displayed photographs to reporters of full mail rooms that he said raised questions about Canada Post’s claims that mail volume had dropped drastically.