David Ahenakew removed from the Order of Canada
Monday, July 11, 2005
Thesigned an ordinance today removing from membership in the . Ahenakew becomes the second person to be stripped of the honor; former president was the first to be removed in . Eagleson admitted guilt on charges of extortion and obstructing justice.
Ahenakew was removed from the Order three days after being convicted of charges of willing promoting hatred against the Jewish people. The charges stem from comments made to a reporter inabout . Ahenakew stated that Jews were "a disease" and that was trying to "clean up the world" when he "fried six million of those guys."
The Advisory Council of the Order of Canada met on June 29 at, the residence of the Governor General, to discuss Ahenakew's fate. After the meeting, Ahenakew was sent a letter, asking for him to respond to the possible revocation or surrender his membership voluntarily. A deadline for Ahenakew to respond was set at July 9, which Ahenakew did not. That led to Governor General signing the ordinance to remove Ahenakew from the Order. Ahenakew has to surrender his Order , which consists of a , lapel pin, and . Ahenakew loses the right to use in his name, and loses the right to use the Order in his personal .