Back in 2009, Canadian theatre entrepreneur Garth Drabinsky was found guilty of fraud and forgery for misstating the financial statements of Livent Inc., his publicly-traded theatre production company. He was sentenced to seven years in jail, a sentence that was reduced to five years upon appeal.
While in prison, the Order of Canada advisory council removed him from the order. They gave Drabinsky the opportunity to provide submissions to appeal the decision, but because he was in jail, he couldn't access the necessary documents.
Now Drabinsky is on day parole in Toronto and wants to be re-instated to the Order of Canada, and he's going to federal court to fight for it.
The Order of Canada is "a fellowship that recognizes the achievement of outstanding merit or distinguished service by Canadians who made a major difference to Canada through lifelong contributions in every field of endeavour."
While there's no question that Drabinsky's success with Livent warranted the honour when it was awarded in 1995, his book-cooking behaviour outraged the public and triggered the review and his ultimate removal from the order.
But Drabinsky says now that he's no longer in prison and can access documents to make his case, he wants the order advisory council to review its decision and allow him to reclaim his Order of Canada.
So we ask you: Should Drabinsky be allowed to keep his Order of Canada?
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(Photo courtesy The Canadian Press)