Major disgrace for the one-time Canadian
Black has much to think over
Black, the one-time millionaire press baron who was sentenced to five years in prison in the United States in 2007, was removed in disgrace from the Order of Canada list Friday evening.
Black was also stripped of his honorary position as a member of the Privy Council of Canada by his old friend, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The decisions against him are linked to his convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice in the United States in 2007.
In November, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed his application to have the right to reply personally to a decision to remove his Order of Canada.
An advisory board of 11 members made the recommendation to Governor -General David Johnston that he strip Black of the honor that he had worn with so much pride since 1990.
Black was involved in a series of legal battles related to his convictions in the United States for fraud and obstruction of justice when he was at the head of the giant Hollinger media company.
He is the fifth Canadian to be stripped of the Order of Canada which is the highest honor that can be awarded to a Canadian. The others who have suffered the same fate are Alan Eagleson, David Henke, T. Sherry Singh, Stephen Fonyo Jr., and Garth Drabinsky .
Black has repeatedly maintained publicly that the criminal charges against him in the United States were the result of unjust prosecutions, noting that an appellate court in the United States had later dismissed two of the three fraud convictions against him.
Ultimately, Black served 37 months of a 42-month sentence in a comfortable prison in Florida. He returned to Canada in May 2012.
Black now lives in Toronto on special permission from the Conservative government in Ottawa. He is an occasional columnist for the National Post and takes part in a political talk show on television.