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article imageOp-Ed: Conrad Black removed from Order of Canada and Privy Council

By Ken Hanly     Feb 1, 2014 in Politics
Ottawa - The former media giant Lord Conrad Black has been stripped of his membership in the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnson.
Former media baron and convicted fraudster Conrad Black has been removed from the Order of Canada. Black was convicted on several fraud and obstruction of justice charges in the U.S. While he successfully fought against some of the convictions he ended up serving 37 months of a 42 month sentence. He returned to Canada in May 2012. Black returned to Canada under a temporary permit since he had renounced his citizenship in 2001 in order to become a member of the UK House of Lords. Lord Black of Crossharbour, as Black is called, remains a member of the UK House of Lords.
Lord Black is in trouble with Revenue Canada as well. He owes taxes on up to $5.1 million of income and benefits according to a recent court ruling.
Black was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1990. The eleven member advisory council for the Order made the recommendation for removal based on Black's U.S. convictions in 2007. Black had applied to the Federal Court of Appeal to address the advisory council on the issue but the application was dismissed.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also recommended that Black be removed from the Queen's Privy Council for Canada a largely ceremonial position of notable Canadians and important politicians who are appointed to advise the Queen. Johnson also acted on this recommendation.
Black is not alone in being removed from the Order of Canada. There are six others who previously were stripped of the honor including Alan Eagleson, and native leader David Ahenakew. Black has at least found a job back in Canada as a columnist for the National Post and a co-host of a current affairs show called the Zoomer on Vision TV.
While politically conservative, Black has on some issues a fiercely independent streak which along with his questionable business activities has led to his banishment from elite circles. As the enclosed video shows, Black feels that he is being victimized rather than justly punished for his activities. However, he seems to have fallen out of grace with the establishment, Stephen Harper, and the Queen's representative in Canada!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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