Email to the Toronto Star, October 28, 2102. Unpublished.
Re Court orders Black to play by the rules, Oct. 26:
"It can no longer be said that Orders of Canada are awarded as a result
of an impartial consideration of merit," according to Michael Bliss,
professor emeritus, University of Toronto. Dr. Bliss was informed,
"Once a candidate has been considered and judged not suitable,
the file isonly re-opened if there are significant new achievements
that justify reconsideration."
He was referring to the reconsideration given to Dr. Henry
Morgentaler after the doctor's first nomination had been rejected. He
madeno new achievements, unless one considers more abortions
as adding to his oeuvre. Yet, he was awarded the Order on second
appeal. In violating
its own rules, the advisory committee indulged
inthe "politicization of the process".
This comes to mind in the advisory committee's rejection of Conrad
Black's request to make oral submission to defend his Order of
Canada.The refusal was based on the advisory committee's rules.
Dare we deem the committee applies its rules when politically
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The complete letter of Dr. Bliss in the July 5, 2008 issue of The
Globe and Mail:
Your good coverage of the Morgentaler appointment to the Order of
Canada misses a vital procedural issue. It appears that the advisory
committee reopened the Morgentaler file and reversed previous
decisions by earlier advisory committees.
In the course of trying to nominate people for the Order of Canada,
I have been told that once a candidate has been considered and
judged not suitable, the file is onlyreopened if there are significant
new achievements that justify reconsideration (such as a novelist
adding significantly to a body of work).
It is fairly obvious that there are no significant new achievements
in the Morgentaler case. Instead, it appears the advisory committee
has singled him out for reconsideration, violating past procedures
and discriminating against other worthy Canadians whose files are
closed, and that it has done this in response to an intense
The result, is, prima facie, a politicization of the process. It can no
longer be said that Orders of Canada are awarded as a result of an
impartial consideration of merit. Instead, getting honoured depends
on who you know and getting lucky in the committee position of the
Michael Bliss, professor emeritus, University of Toronto
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