Drabinsky Stripped of Order of Canada, Takes to Court to Fight Decision

By Jones, Allison | The Canadian Press, February 27, 2013 | Go to article overview

Drabinsky Stripped of Order of Canada, Takes to Court to Fight Decision


Jones, Allison, The Canadian Press


Drabinsky stripped of Order of Canada

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TORONTO - Disgraced theatre impresario Garth Drabinsky has been stripped of his Order of Canada appointment and is going to court to fight the decision he says is unfair, considering his imprisonment.

Drabinsky was released to a Toronto halfway house earlier this month after serving part of his five-year sentence for fraud.

He and business partner Myron Gottlieb were convicted in 2009 for a book-cooking scheme that ultimately resulted in the demise of now-defunct Livent Inc. -- the company behind such hits as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ragtime."

The Order of Canada advisory council sent Drabinsky's lawyers a letter in June saying they were considering removing him from the order and gave him a month to send in submissions.

As Drabinsky was still incarcerated in Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont., he couldn't access necessary documents and needed more time to put together his argument to stay in the order, his lawyers told the council.

They gave him one more month.

Drabinsky was still in prison, still without his documents, without Internet access and still only able to call people on a pre-approved list, but he nevertheless sent the council an impassioned, 17-page plea.

"It cannot be disputed that the economic impact to Canada of my entrepreneurial and creative activities was in the billions of dollars and the cultural impact was unparalleled in the history of this country," he wrote.

A criminal conviction does not mean automatic removal from the order.

It is not an award for good behaviour, Drabinsky said, noting that disgraced Olympian Ben Johnson is still a member of the Order of Canada.

Drabinsky heard nothing from the advisory council until his lawyers received a letter earlier this month saying that back in November the governor general accepted a recommendation from the council to terminate Drabinsky's appointment.

He's now asking the Federal Court to declare the decision unlawful and order the council to consider more submissions from Drabinsky, now that he is out of prison and able to prepare them.

"The advisory council does not have all of the facts and they do not have all of the facts because they denied me the opportunity to present them to them," Drabinsky said in an affidavit.

"I also believe that the governor general would not have signed the ordinance if he had been informed that the evidence was incomplete. …

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