Knights of Columbus Calls on All 230,000 Members to Demand Morgentaler Award be Revoked
By John-Henry Westen
OTTAWA, ON, July 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a letter sent to the Canadian Governor General yesterday, Natale Gallo, the President of the Canadian Association of Knights of Columbus, demanded that the Order of Canada, which was awarded to abortionist Henry Morgentaler on Canada Day (July 1st), be “rescinded immediately.” In addition, the Knights have called on all their 230,000 members and families in Canada to lobby to demand that the decision to award the Order to Morgentaler be revoked.
The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by LifeSiteNews.com, speaks of the “hundreds of thousands” of Canadian children that “have been disposed of” by abortion. “This action denigrates the Order to the point that it becomes meaningless, futile and divisive,” says the letter. (To read the letter, see: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008_docs/Governor_General_of_Canada.pdf)
The full statement from Gallo, calling on the Knights in Canada to take action to demand that the order be revoked, follows:
“‘The Order of Canada’ was established in 1967 as the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system. It is supposed to exemplify the motto “desiderantes meliorem patriam” (Hebrews 11:16), Meaning ‘those who desire a better country’.
“Indeed it is a sad day when this honour is bestowed upon such an individual as dr. Henry Morgentaler, who has brought destruction to the helpless and defenseless unborn.
“As president of the Canadian association of Knights of Columbus, I urge all our Canadian state deputies and our more than 230,000 Canadian knights and families to stand united with our bishops and to contact the offices of the Prime Minister, the Governor General, the Leader of the Opposition, their own Member of Parliament, and the members of the advisory council for the Order, to express their revulsion at the prospect of presenting such an award to the nation’s largest and most outspoken abortionist.
“It is imperative for us to urge our Canadian government leaders to ensure that this act of dishonour against our country and our families is revoked.”
The Knight’s provided the following contact information for action:
Secretary of the Governor General (Sheila-Marie Cook)
Direct Line: 613-993-0259 phone / 613-993-1365 fax.
Deputy Secretary To The Order of Canada Chancellery (Ms Emmanuelle Sajous)
Direct Line: 613-998-8731 phone / 613-991-1681 fax
Her Excellency the Right Honourable MichaÃ«lle Jean Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
Phone: (613) 993-8200 or toll-free 1-800-465-6890 Fax: (613) 998-8760 Email [email protected]
Chair of the Council: Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada,
301 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0J1,
Telephone: 613-992-6940 Email [email protected] , and [email protected]
Clerk of the Privy Council: Dr. Kevin Lynch, Clerk of the Privy Council,
Langevin Block, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A3
Telephone: 613-957-5400 Email [email protected]
Deputy Minister of the Department of Canadian Heritage: Ms. Judith LaRocque, Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, QuÃ©bec, K1A 0M5
Chair of the Canada Council: Ms. Karen Kain, C.C., Chair, Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, 12th Floor, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8
President of the Royal Society of Canada: Dr. Yvan Guindon, C.M., President, Royal Society of Canada
170 Waller Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9B9
Email [email protected]
And a second address for Prof. Yvan Guindon, c.m., Directeur, Laboratoire de chimie bio-organique, IRCM,
110, avenue des Pins ouest, MontrÃ©al (QuÃ©bec) H2W 1R7
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada:
Mr. Thomas Traves, Ph.D., Chair, Board of Directors, Ass’n of Universities and Colleges of Canada
350 Albert Street, Suite 600, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1
Email [email protected]
And a second address for Mr. Thomas Traves, Ph.D., President and Vice Chancellor, Dalhousie University
6299 South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H6