President and CEO of Canada Post Deepak Chopra pauses while speaking at the Canada Post headquarters in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. (Pawel Dwulit / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Chopra, not to be confused with the Indian-American self-help guru of the same name, lives in Toronto and was formerly the president and CEO of the Canadian and Latin American regions of Pitney Bowes, a global mailing and communications firm.
Prior to that he held various senior executive positions
TORONTO – Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post, is facing questions about recently proposed service cuts at an emergency session of the House of Commons transport committee Wednesday.
The postal service announced Dec. 11 (2013) it will phase out home delivery in urban centres, increase the cost of stamps and cut its workforce within the next five years.
New Democrat MP Olivia Chow criticized the proposed cuts and called for formal hearings in the new year.
"Harper's Conservatives can find millions to keep his well-connected friends in the Senate but he can't find a way to keep mail coming to your door," Chow said in a statement. "That tells you what Conservative priorities are. These short-sighted service cuts will have the biggest impact on seniors and persons with disabilities."
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said the decision doesn't appear to be based on any in-depth study of the potential impact, and wasn't preceded by any meaningful discussion with customers.
"The consultation that Canada Post apparently did is singularly lacking in metrics, in numbers – it's basically anecdotal," he said.
Witnesses from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Conference Board of Canada, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business are also tentatively scheduled to appear at the hastily convened pre-holiday session.
The meeting comes just days after NDP transport critic Olivia Chow served notice she intended to submit a formal request for emergency hearings in the new year to study the impact of the proposed cuts to door-to-door service, reduced service hours and a hike in the price of stamps.