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Tories, NDP to launch competing proposals to study Canada Post cuts

As reported yesterday, Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra will make his first public comments on those proposed Canada Post service cuts during a special pre-holiday session of the House transport committee this afternoon. 

Here's the text of the motion that will be put forward by the government at the start of today's meeting of the House transport committee: 

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study on the recent changes announced by Canada Post; that no more than three further sitting hours on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, be dedicated to the study; and that representatives from Canada Post, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the CD Howe Institute and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as well as Dr. Robert Campbell of Mount Allison University be invited to appear in relation to the study.

For comparison purposes, here's the motion that the New Democrats had hoped to have adopted at the same meeting, which would be effectively mooted if the former passes (which it almost certainly will): 

That the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities conduct a study of Canada Post's recently announced decision to reduce services to Canadians, with a particular focus on the elimination of home mail delivery in urban areas, reduced hours of service in rural areas, and increased postage rates; that the study include an examination of possible alternative policy directions; that witnesses to be invited include the Minister of Transport, the CEO of Canada Post, and representatives from affected stakeholders including small businesses, charitable sector, labour, seniors, Canadians living with disabilities, Canada's municipalities and other concerned groups; and that the study be completed and reported to the House of Commons before the proposed Canada Post changes are scheduled to take effect.

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