Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone
After failing in his bid to fight in person the removal of his status as an officer of the Order of Canada, Black, 68, said he still wants a hearing, but would rather resign the honour bestowed on him in 1990 then let officials strip it away.
“I would not wait for giving these junior officials the evidently almost aphrodisiacal pleasure of throwing me out. I would withdraw,” he told CBC’s Susan Ormiston. “In fact, I wouldn’t be interested in serving.”
According to the Constitution of the Order of Canada, that has always been an option available to Black since he was informed the advisory council was considering terminating his honour after he was convicted in the United States of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007.
Once a member is informed in writing of the council’s intention to strip his honour, the member is allowed to submit in writing any representations in his own defence.
The court’s decision, authored by Judge Yves de Montigny and released Thursday, dismissed Black’s application, saying Black “failed to demonstrate that an oral hearing is necessary to ensure that his arguments are dealt with fairly.”
In death, family members are entitled to keep the Order insignia — a medal in the shape of a snowflake emblazoned with the maple leaf and the Order’s motto, “Desiderantes meliorem patriam” or “They desire a better country” — as an heirloom.
Even if Black, who surrendered his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to sit in the British House of Lords, chooses to hand over his insignia and drop the “OC” title at the end of his name, procedure still requires that Governor General David Johnston first accept his resignation.