Canadian Pro-Life Groups Appalled that Abortionist Morgentaler May be Awarded Order of Canada July 1
By Steve Jalsevac
OTTAWA, June 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Various sources are reporting that Canada’s Governor General intends to approve a bypassing of normal routine and bestow the Order of Canada on abortionist and militant atheist Henry Morgentaler on Canada Day, Tuesday July 1st. More than any other single person, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who is referred to as Canada’s Father of Abortion and Father of Secular Humanism is responsible for the current Canadian legal situation of no law restricting or regulating abortion.
"It is dreadful that this honour should even be considered for a man who’s only claim to fame is that he is a professional killer of defenseless babies in their mothers’ wombs," said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition. "Those who have received this prestigious medal should return it because it will have been devalued and disgraced," he continued.
"If Morgentaler had any integrity he would refuse the medal", said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of CLC. "This presentation should be given to people who have made Canada a better place to live and the elimination of thousands of human beings who would have contributed to the future of Canada is a disgrace not an honour."
This past February LifeSiteNews reported that a group of abortion supporters were attempting to force an Order of Canada nomination of Dr. Morgentaler in a "last ditch effort." A public furor ensued. This quickly ended after a February 20 media release from the office of the Governor General, who is responsible for granting the award, showed that Dr. Morgentaler was not included on the list for 2008.
In a June 28 email bulletin, 4MYCANADA, reported the normal Order of Canada Advisory Committee process may have been changed in order to ensure a Morgentaler nomination. 4MYCANADA states, "Normally anyone who receives this award does so by unanimous consent of the committee that approves nominees. From what we understand at this point, this committee, headed by Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, PC, decided to over-ride that protocol and take this one to a democratic vote on the committee. The majority of the committee voted in favour of Morgentaler’s nominee and so, for (what we understand) may be the first time in history, the committee appointed someone without their normal unanimous consent - someone who millions of Canadians would not consider a hero in our nation."
If true, this decision, which requires approval of the Governor General, would represent an extraordinary action by Canada’s pro-abortion elite, to impose an Order of Canada recognition for Henry Morgentaler on the people of Canada.
Canada’s pro-life groups are not taking any chances and are urging an immediate strong public response to hopefully circumvent this apparent high jacking of the Order of Canada process by the pro-abortion Chief Justice, Governor General and other members of the Advisory Committee for their own agenda.
It is being urged that the following be contacted:
Prime Minister Harper
Note: The Prime Minister does not control who is nominated for the Order of Canada but can exercise a degree of moral persuasion upon the committee and could publicly denounce the decision.
1. Conservative Leader
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Telephone: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900
Another Ottawa EMail: [email protected]
Telephone: (403) 253-7990
Fax: (403) 253-8203
2. The Governor General of Canada
Currently, at the time of this writing on Sunday, callers to the Governor General are very strangely being told by that office to direct their concerns about the Morgentaler nomination to Mary Ellen Douglas, National co-ordinator of Campaign Life Coalition. This does not appear to make any sense. CLC had issued a press release about the nomination on Saturday.
To Contact the offices overseeing the Order of Canada:
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1
Phone: (613) 993-8200
or toll-free in Canada and the United States at:
Fax: (613) 998-8760
It is also being urged that Canadians contact their own MPs (see http://www.lifesitenews.com/getinvolved/politics/canada/findyourmp.html) on the matter and write letters to the editor of local and national newspapers.
The Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Governor General of Canada make the final decision on appointments.
The current members of the Order of Canada Advisory Council are:
* Beverley McLachlin PC, Chief Justice of Canada (Chair)
* Patricia Baird OC OBC
* Yvan Guindon CM FRSC FCIC, President, Royal Society of Canada
* Tom Jackson OC
* Karen Kain CC, Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada
* Judith A. LaRocque CVO FRHSC (hon), Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage
* Daurene E. Lewis CM
* Kevin G. Lynch, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
* L. Jacques Ménard OC
* J.E. (Ted) Newall OC
* Bonnie M. Patterson, Chairman of the Board, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
See related LifeSiteNews.com stories:
"It’s Blasphemy" that Morgentaler has not Received the Order of Canada for Butchering Thousands of Children
Honorary Degree for Abortionist Morgentaler Sparks Letter Outlining Ridiculous Choice
Abortionist Morgentaler Not on Order of Canada List for 2008
Private Letter to Trudeau Suggests Abortion Crusader Morgentaler Used Blackmail