Conrad Black's Order of Canada terminated

The Governor General has terminated Conrad Black's Order of Canada and his appointment to the...

The Governor General has terminated Conrad Black's Order of Canada and his appointment to the Queen's Privy Council of Canada, effective immediately. SÉBASTIEN ST-JEAN/QMI Agency

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

The Governor General has terminated Conrad Black's Order of Canada and his appointment to the Queen's Privy Council of Canada, effective immediately.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston made the announcement in a press release Friday evening.

The decision was based on a recommendation from the advisory council for the Order of Canada.

Black, 69, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990. He forfeited his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to become a member of the British House of Lords. Black was convicted in 2007 for embezzling money at his Chicago-based Hollinger newspaper empire. He spent 42 months in U.S. prison.

Earlier this month, Black was ordered to pay back about $2 million in back taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency. In October 2010, Black was fined $6.1 million by a U.S. district court for violating securities laws there.


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