Minister of Public Services and Procurement
11 Laurier Street
Phase 111, Place du Portage
Dear Minister Foote:
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is not at all surprised that Sian Matthews, the current Chair of Canada Post’s Board of Directors, would reject your government’s call for Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra to step aside.
Like other members of the board, Ms. Matthews was herself appointed during the Conservatives’ reign and, according to Elections Canada, she is a long-time contributor to the Conservative Party of Canada. In fact, we urge your government to consider reviewing all of the appointments to Canada Post’s Board of Directors, not just Mr. Chopra’s, as part of the accountability exercise you have promised to undertake.
It was clearly an abuse of process for the Conservatives to renew Mr. Chopra’s contract. We strongly dispute Ms. Matthews’ claims that Deepak Chopra has done a good job of serving Canadians. The facts speak for themselves:
Prior to Mr. Chopra’s appointment in June 2010, CUPW wrote to the Board of Directors, asking them to consider their criteria carefully before choosing a new President. At that time, we wrote that the President of Canada Post should “be absolutely committed to providing a universal public postal service” and should understand the Crown Corporation’s legislated mandate “to provide and improve postal service while breaking even and ensuring good labour relations.” It is our view that Mr. Chopra and his Board of Directors have done precisely the opposite and have therefore failed to uphold the mandate of Canada Post.
Moving forward into the future, it is crucial that a valuable public institution like Canada Post, our largest Crown Corporation, address the needs of all Canadians. We welcome the forthcoming review as an opportunity to share with you our ideas on the many ways in which Canada Post can remain a thriving public service.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Cc: The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau
National Executive Board