The NDP has submitted an official request to the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall to have Black removed as officer of the Order of Canada now that he has been convicted of criminal offences. The newspaper tycoon was found guilty by a U.S. jury last week on three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.
NDP Heritage critic Charlie Angus said allowing Black to hold on to Canada’s highest civilian honour undermines its integrity.
“It’s a fundamental question of fairness,” Angus said from Timmins, Ont.. “We look to the Order of Canada to recognize the highest achievement in Canadian life, and when someone falls below that standard by being convicted, in the past they’ve been removed from that Order.”
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Some will accuse the NDP of kicking a man when he's down, but politically speaking the NDP's constituency is likely the least friendly to Conrad Black. Nothing to get the rank-and-file excited like a little class antagonism.