Review of Morgentaler appointment refused

“CCRL President Philip Horgan noted, “The impact of the current decision effectively ‘immunizes’ any possible challenge of an Order of Canada conferred by the Governor-General, and perhaps the deliberations of the Advisory Council itself. The Court’s ruling prevented even the disclosure of the records of the Advisory Council. The court case did reveal that Morgentaler was in fact made a member of the Order on April 10, 2008. Canadians only learned of the appointment on July 1, 2008, following the publication of the list of honorees that day. It appears that the only possible objection that could have been raised to the process would have been by a dissenting member of the Advisory Council itself. However, as those deliberations remain shrouded in secrecy, Canadians may never learn what happened on this or on previous occasions.”

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