OTTAWA – The Governor General has stripped Conrad Black of his Order of Canada.
In a media statement issued late on Friday:
“His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada to terminate Mr. Conrad Black’s appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
“In addition, the Governor General has also accepted the recommendation from the Prime Minister to remove Mr. Black from The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.
“Both decisions are effective immediately”.
The move comes after Conrad Black has held the Order of Canada for 14 years.
Black was convicted of crimes in the United States and served time in a Florida prison.
Baron Black is also a member of the British House of Lords however he has been on a leave of absence from that position.
In addition, the Governor General, acting on the recommendation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has also expelled Black from the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. Black had been appointed a Privy Councillor in 1992.
Conrad Black is a respected historian, and writer. He has written several books outlining American Presidents.