James Robinson, the Conservative candidate for York South—Weston refers to himself as “Bishop Dr James Robinson“. These are lofty titles, but Robinson’s accomplishments are rather more pedantic. He seems to have at least one very odd degree, and his remaining education is questionable.
Bishop Dr Robinson’s LinkedIn profile says he received his master’s degree from the Missionary Chapel and Seminary. A website called that sells master’s degrees (as well as high school diplomas, doctorates, minister’s licenses) for $30. Attractive, wall-mountable Bishop ‘licenses’ are also available. Robinson’s profile does not say how he became a bishop.
Robinson’s doctorate is honourary, and was awarded, not earned, by an online-only school—the same school that gave him his undergraduate degree, Canon University. It is considered gauche to refer to oneself as “doctor”, as Robinson does, when one has an honourary degree, even a degree from an excellent university.
Canon does not appear, however, to be an excellent university.
It does not seem to be accredited (I checked the regional, state and federal registrars), and although the school website says it is accredited by “The Board of Independent Colleges and Universities (SBICU)”, I cannot find that organization online.
Canon has a very sparse website that says “All degrees from Canon University, will be of an ecclesiastical nature… and are not designed to be used in general academic circles.”
It is unclear how many faculty members work at Canon University; I can’t find any listed, and the school has not returned my emails. The school was founded in 2005 by Lebert Malahoo, and three members of his family were listed as directors or officers of the company. Malahoo also runs an online chaplaincy organization that sells online courses, wallets, and certificates, and gives referral bonuses to members. It gets horrible reviews.
I have tried to be in touch with James Robinson, but he has not been answering my emails. The Conservative riding association has not been very helpful either. This is not unusual. The Conservatives do not campaign much in York South–Weston, a riding they cannot win.