June 13, 2014 2:48 pm

Order of Canada appointment for disgraced N.B. academic terminated

Parliament Hill in Ottawa is shown on Oct. 29, 2013.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Governor General has approved a request from a disgraced New Brunswick academic to revoke his appointment to the Order of Canada.

The secretary to Gov.-Gen. David Johnston issued a statement saying Louis LaPierre’s appointment was terminated May 16 at his request.

Last September, LaPierre quit as chairman of New Brunswick’s Energy Institute after admitting he had misrepresented his academic credentials.

LaPierre had claimed to have a PhD in ecology from the University of Maine even though the university has no record of him earning that degree.

The revelation has been awkward for the New Brunswick government, which hired LaPierre to provide advice on regulating the province’s emerging shale gas industry and its use of hydraulic fracturing.

In addition to his resignation from the institute, LaPierre has also stepped down from academic positions at the University of Moncton.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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