Ms. Emmanuelle Sajous
The Governor General of Canada
Attention: The Chancellery of Honours
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1
Phone: (613) 993-8200
July 3, 2008
Dear Ms. Sajous:
On behalf of the 41,000 members of Canada Family Action Coalition and many hundreds of thousands of like-minded Canadians we hereby request that the Advisory Council recommend that the Governor General terminate Henry Morgantaler’s appointment to the Order of Canada.
In accordance with the Paragraph 25(c) of the Constitution of the Order of Canada we hereby request that the Governor General make an Ordinance terminating this person’s appointment to the Order. Under section: Policy and Procedure for Termination of Appointment to the Order of Canada, paragraph 3. (b) The Advisory Council shall consider the termination of a person’s appointment to the Order of Canada if (b) the conduct of the person (i) constitutes a significant departure from generally-recognized standards of public behaviour which is seen to undermine the credibility, integrity or relevance of the Order, or detracts from the original grounds upon which the appointment was based; or (ii) has been subject to official sanction, such as a fine or a reprimand, by an adjudicating body, professional association or other organization.
Henry Morgantaler’s conduct is unbecoming that of a Member of the Order of Canada and thereby tarnishes all recipients of this tremendous award.
For nineteen years, 1969 to 1988, Dr. Morgantaler’s admittedly violated Canadian law. His conduct constituted a significant departure from generally recognized standards of public behaviour. According to numerous media reports in print, television and radio his appointment undermines the credibility, integrity and relevance of the Order.
In addition 1976, Dr. Morgantaler was sanctioned by the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Corporation of Physicians of Quebec suspended his medical license for one year. He was found guilty of “not holding a valid interview before an abortion, for failing almost completely to gather a case history of his client, for failing to perform the necessary pregnancy test or blood test, for not obtaining pathological examination of the ’tissues’ removed and for failing to follow up the state of health of his patients afterward.”
Also according to reports it appears that the Advisory Committee violated long standing protocol requiring unanimous consent approving a nominee by resorting to a mere majority vote. With such manipulation of the system we question if the Chair’s well known “unwritten constitutional principles” subverted accepted procedure.
In an effort to protect the integrity of the hundreds of recipients of Canada’s highest award we therefore respectfully ask the Governor General to terminate the appointment of Henry Morgantaler’s appointment to the Order of Canada.
Brian Rushfeldt, Executive Director