No, I am not echoing the thoughts of Conrad's future cell-mates. I am talking about NDP Heritage critic Charlie Angus' suggestion that Conrad Black be stripped of his Order of Canada, with which I agree 100 per cent. The two other Canadians stripped of their medal were:
Former hockey czar Alan Eagleson lost his in 1998, shortly after he was jailed on fraud charges connected to his leadership at the National Hockey League Players Association. He had worn the insignia on his lapel during court appearances in the United States and Canada.
Aboriginal leader David Ahenakew, once the chief of the Assembly of First Nations, had his appointment terminated in 2005 after he was found guilty of wilfully promoting hatred by a Saskatoon court. He had referred to Jews as a “disease.”
Certainly Conrad's crimes are as serious as Eagleson's, maybe more serious than Ahenakew's, who only spoke evil, and at least that pair didn't abandon the country to become English Lords.
And, really, the target here is not Mr. Black qua Mr. Black. It is the Canadian Conservative Establishment. The message is: you worshipped a crook. Therefore it is right that your God should be systematically defiled.
PS. The procedure for terminating an appointment to the Order of Canada can be found here.
It can be initiated by "any person in writing to the Deputy Secretary".