Bell’s CEO, alongside other executives, summoned to committee for inquiry on workforce reductions.

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The decision of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada to reduce their workforce by around 9% this year has prompted Members of Parliament to invite several top executives to testify later this month.

The House of Commons heritage committee has agreed to invite Mirko Bibic, CEO of BCE Inc., to address the impact of the cuts on newsrooms across the country. In addition, Sean Cohan, the president of Bell Media, and Curtis Millen, the chief financial officer of the parent company, have also been invited, along with a few others.

The motion to invite the executives on February 29th was supported by the NDP and Bloc Quebecois, while the Conservatives on the committee abstained from voting.

Last week, BCE Inc., the parent company of Bell Media, announced that it will be cutting 4,800 positions, discontinuing multiple television newscasts, and selling off 45 out of its 103 radio stations. The company attributes these cuts to the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, claiming that Ottawa took too long to provide relief to media companies in crisis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the layoffs, stating that he was “furious” and referred to the decision as a “garbage decision by a corporation that should know better.” Trudeau indicated that his government will be demanding better from corporations like Bell, but the specifics of what that entails are not yet clear.

Bell has stated that the 4,800 job cuts represent the largest round of cuts it has made in nearly 30 years.

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