Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra speaks during Canada Post's annual public meeting in Ottawa on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)Canada Post fired back within 48 hours and forwarded its response to The Canadian Press. "We respectfully ask you to withdraw the Dec. 7, 2015 letter," wrote Sian Matthews, the Conservative-appointed chairwoman of Canada Post's board. "Responsible leaders, like Mr. Chopra, who commit to public service in this great country, should be celebrated and not shamed." Her letter points out that a House of Commons committee adopted a measure, following a critical auditor general's report in 2009, that set out guidelines for notifying full-time appointees of their job status "at least six months before the end of their term."
"The timing of the (Chopra) renewal is consistent with the standing committee recommendations," wrote Matthews. LeBlanc has not said whether the government plans to fire anyone who refuses to go quietly. "We thought that those (appointments) constituted an abuse of process by a previous government and we've asked 33 individuals to consider doing the right thing in our judgment, in declining to accept those appointments," LeBlanc said Tuesday. "If they want to submit their candidacies in a more open and transparent process, we would of course be happy to look at them."
"Responsible leaders, like Mr. Chopra, who commit to public service in this great country, should be celebrated and not shamed."
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