8th Canadian to Return Order of Canada Because of Morgentaler Award

Fri Jul 11, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST

By Tim Waggoner

  WINDSOR, ON, July 11, 2008 ( - Retired Police Detective Frank Chauvin has announced his intention to return his Order of Canada decoration.

  Chauvin revealed his decision to the Windsor Star on Thursday morning:

"Yes, it’s definitely going. I don’t want to be painted with the same brush as Morgentaler. It’s definitely going back."

  Chauvin is a retired police detective, renown for his dedication to serving the poor in international communities, such as when he founded an orphanage for abandoned girls in Port-au-Prince.

"It’s a bittersweet decision," said Chauvin. "It was a wonderful thing to have obtained . . . But it’s gotta go."

  Chauvin believes the Order of Canada has been tainted by Morgentaler’s induction into it, and is disheartened that "this is what Canada stands for these days."

  He then suggested that those responsible for the appointment revise their decision making process in the future.

"In the future I hope the committee takes a better look at things," said Chauvin. "There should be a little more thought and investigation going in to deciding these awards."

"I’m not going all the way to Ottawa, that’s for sure," said Chauvin. "I will write a letter explaining the return . . . I have to figure out how to actually do that still," concluded Chauvin.

  Chauvin’s name has been added to a growing list of Canadians who have returned Canada’s highest civilian honour because of the award to Henry Morgentaler:

  Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick Gilbert Finn
  Monsignor A.J. Goski
  Madonna House foundress Catherine Doherty
  Father Lucien Larre
  Frank Chauvin
  Three anonymous recipients

  Important contact information can be found here:

  List of Who to Call, E-Mail, Write to Get the Morgentaler Appointment Revoked

  See related coverage:

  Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and Others Return Order of Canada

  Sign the On Line Petition: "Rescind Order of Canada From Morgentaler"

Keep this news available to you and millions more

Your gift will spread truth, defeat lies, and save lives

Share this article