Canada Post’s President Deepak Chopra Told to Take a Permanent Vacation

Update:see previous post – October 29, 2015 Canada Post’s CEO Deepak Chopra, Has Over Half a Million Reasons To Restore Door-to-Door Delivery

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The chair of the Canada Post board of directors is asking Liberal House leader Dominic LeBlanc to withdraw his earlier letter asking Canada Post president and CEO Deepak Chopra to step aside.

Siân M. Matthews Chair of Canada Post’s Board of Directors. She certainly knows which side of her bread is buttered. She is from Calgary, Alberta and came to the board a year after Stephen Harper, another Calgarian, became Prime Minister. Deepak Chopra was in deep with Harper. Matthews must have been very upset when Canadians gave the Conservatives (a party she supports) their pink slip and elected a new Liberal Prime Minister

Canada Post is sending a clear message to the federal government: Leave our president alone.

The chair of the Crown corporation’s board of directors has written to Dominic Leblanc, government leader in the House of Commons, demanding he withdraw a letter that was sent to Canada Post president Deepak Chopra and 32 other Conservative appointees to federal boards and agencies.

All were appointed or extended in the final days of the Harper government before the election was called. The government’s letter asks that the appointees “voluntarily” step aside to allow the government to “establish an open, merit-based appointments system.”

Responsible leaders, like Mr. Chopra, who commit to public service in this great country, should be celebrated, and not shamed – Sian Matthews, chair of Canada Post

“This will allow for a new selection process in which you are welcome to participate,” the letter says.

Canada Post on Thursday sent out a letter of its own, delivering a stern rebuke to the government. In it, Sian Matthews, the chair of Canada Post’s board of directors, lays out the process by which Chopra was chosen as the company’s president.

“The rigorous selection process for this role included an international search conducted by a leading executive search firm,” the letter says. “It was advertised publicly, [and was] competitive and merit-based.”

Matthews goes on to list Chopra’s qualifications for the job, pointing out he was formerly president and CEO for Canada and Latin America at Pitney Bowes, as well as holding several other executive positions at the company over the course of his career.

Canada Post President/CEO Deepak Chopra on December 11, 2013 that Canada Post would eliminate door-to-door delivery and thousands of jobs. He was supported by his buddies in the Conservative government, Stephen Harper and Lisa Raitt. Fearing he would lose the election and the ongoing opportunity to tear down the post office, Harper extended Chopra's appointment for another five years, at a maximum of salary of $518,000 a year. Fearing the his newly elected boss may deny him the opportunity to earn almost $2.6 million, Chopra has reconsidered eliminating all the door-to-door delivery in Canada. After Trudeau was elected with an strong majority on Oct.19, Chopra says Canada Post decided to stop the phase-out of door-to-door mail in order to “sit down and discuss with the incoming federal government the policies that make sense.”
Deepak Chopra, the only president in the history of Canada Post who was intent on stripping all Canadians of door-to-door delivery; ensuring that Canada was the only country in the G-7 to deprive Canadians of this service . He has risen to and maintained this position with the help of numerous Conservatives. The chair of Canada Post’s Board of Directors, another conservative lawyer from a town south of Calgary, has come to his aid, by suggesting that all of Harper’s appointments be celebrated. She was also quick to add that Deepak Chopra has “no political affiliations”. Really Sian?

‘Thoughtful leadership’

Matthews also dismissed any suggestion politics had anything to do with Chopra being named Canada Post president.

“He has no political affiliations,” she writes.

After praising Chopra for his “thoughtful leadership,” which she credits for turning the Crown corporation into “a modern post, meeting both the needs of Canadians and our statutory obligation to be financially self-sufficient,” Matthews concludes the letter with a request to the new Liberal government.

“We respectfully ask you to withdraw the Dec. 7, 2015 letter. Responsible leaders, like Mr. Chopra, who commit to public service in this great country, should be celebrated, and not shamed.”

A conservative member of the board, the chair of Canada Post's board of directors has said that Deepak Chopra, President and member of the same board, has "no political affiliations"; who told her that, was it Stephen Harper when he placed her on the board in 2007 or was it Lisa Raitt, the Minister responsible for Canada Post?
A conservative member of the board, the chair of Canada Post’s board of directors has said that Deepak Chopra, President and member of the same board, has “no political affiliations”; who told her that, was it Stephen Harper when he placed her on the board in 2007 or was it Lisa Raitt, at the time, the Minister responsible for Canada Post?

Matthews was named to the Canada Post board in 2007 and became chair in 2014. The Liberal Party has, in the past, included her on a list of Conservative insiders who were granted federal appointments.

Matthews has donated to the Conservative Party over the years, and was Stephen Harper’s official agent when he was elected as a Reform Party MP in Calgary in 1993. She declined comment to CBC News.

The composition of Canada's new parliment on October 20, 2015 is important for all Canadians.
Canadians were hoping that a change to the government would reverse some of Harper’s destructive plans, including the elimination of door-to-door delivery to 1.17 million canadian households. Canada is the only G-7 to eliminate door-to-door delivery and reduce delivery days to Canadians. This move was fully supported by the Harper’s conservative party and the President and chair of the board of directors for Canada Post. The United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and France all deliver mail six (6) days a week. Canadians didn’t have an opportunity to vote on Canada Post’s decision to eliminate door-to-door delivery and reduced delivery days, but they did have an opportunity to vote out the government that all voted in favour of reduced services from an institution that Canadians own.

‘Political game’

This is not the first criticism the new Liberal government has faced for its letter.

“[It’s] just a bad political game in my mind,” said Surinder Pal, another of the 33 appointees who has been asked to step down.

Pal, who serves on a payments-in-lieu-of-taxes dispute advisory board, said that while he is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, he is more than qualified for the job. To him, it’s the Liberal government that is putting politics ahead of merit.

“They want to put their own people in,” he said.

LeBlanc has said the extensions are an “abuse of power” by the Harper government.

He said he hopes the people who received letters will “do the right thing” and resign. The government has given them until Dec. 18 to make a decision.

See the letter authored by Sian Matthews, chair of Canada Post in response to the December 7, 2015 letter from Dominic Leblanc, government leader in the House of Commons: Mobile users: View the document, (PDF KB), (Text KB).

We have to continue to struggle and remind the federal government that Canadians want to maintain door-to-door delivery and delivery of mail five (5) days a week.
We have to continue to struggle and remind the federal government that Canadians want to maintain door-to-door delivery and delivery of mail five (5) days a week.

 

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