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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Should Conrad Black lose his Order of Canada? NDP attack government’s “double standard”

The government's recent decision to withdraw the Order of Canada from T. Sher Singh raises numerous questions about the government’s nepotism toward Conrad Black, according to the New Democrats.

“The government is in a huge hurry to withdraw the Order from an Indo-Canadian lawyer who has been found guilty by the Law Society of Upper Canada of mismanaging his clients’ accounts,” said the MP for Timmins—James Bay and NDP Heritage Critic, Charlie Angus. “Conrad Black was found guilty of a $6.1 million fraud and obstructing justice.  This looks like a double standard.

“Is it nepotism, or simply incompetence? In our view, the government is on the wrong track here. People should be treated equally when it comes to awarding or removing honorary distinctions. There’s no reason to treat the two cases differently.”

Singh was suspended in 2005 and found guilty of professional misconduct by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007. Black was accused of misappropriation of funds in the autumn of 2003 and found guilty in July 2007. He is currently serving a 6 1/2 year prison term. Lord Black, who renounced his Canadian citizenship, is still a member of the Privy Council.

The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.  The NDP considers that Conrad Black does not meet the Order’s criteria.

"Stephen Harper is moving heaven and earth to put distance between himself and Brian Mulroney, who is innocent until proven guilty,” Mr Angus said. “But Conrad Black, a Conservative media magnate, retains his Order of Canada and remains a Privy Councillor!”

Lord Black hosted the Western Standard's 2nd anniversary celebration at his home in Toronto.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on April 7, 2009 | Permalink


The Order of Canada should automatically be taken away from anyone who rescinds his Canadian citizenship. By rescinding your citizenship, you're forfeiting all the rights and privileges it brings.

Posted by: Realist | 2009-04-07 8:28:03 PM

Black should ceremoniously give it back in light of the poor company that he would be in given some of it's members. He's in better company in prison.

Posted by: John Chittick | 2009-04-07 11:27:30 PM

Even from prison the mighty Conrad is feared. the order or whoevever represents it doesn't want him turning his pen on them.

Posted by: Rod | 2009-04-08 10:09:35 AM

Now that Black's appeal has been turned down and he is irrevocably a convicted criminal, allowing him to retain that order - and especially in view of the fact that he renounced his Canadian citizenship - only makes Canada look like a banana republic without sunshine. Even worse that he is a Privy Councillor and - I kid you not! - some kind of a Knight of the Holy See makes the situation even more absurd. I bet Bubba is impressed every time Black reminds him of that!ROFL

Of course, Black is white-skinned and Mr. Singh is not, something that seemingly counts for a lot in Canada.

Posted by: leaf | 2009-04-09 6:18:17 AM

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