Even before the dust has settled on Dr. Morgentaler’s controversial nomination to the Order of Canada, the drums have started to beat for another divisive public figure. I speak of Don Cherry who is lauded for the Order by Rex Murphy in today’s Globe and Mail.
Murphy doesn’t mince words. He says Cherry is the most glaring omission on the long list of those who have so far been culled from the Order of Canada.
Murphy goes on « ….it is a strange Canada that, year after year, lets this living emblem of our emblematic game wander into the twilight of his life without an official wave toward the consequences, toward his (largely unheralded) manifold charities, his truly first-class support of our military during a time of war, and toward the real affection that millions of Canadians hold for him…. He has brought more smiles to young faces than the invention of ice cream and bubble gum combined. »
Murphy concludes with a strong petition: « …. how can the Governor-General and those who advise her hold from his eloquent neck an honour that he has long since earned tenfold over and then some. Please, do the right thing. Soon. »
Well, folks, count me out. I belong to that large group of Canadians who consider Cherry an ignorant narcissistic boor. We remember how Cherry dubs those players who wear helmets, cowards. How he smears European players. And how he insults French-Canadians. (In that last regard, he reminds me of Conn Smythe.)
Do we really want colour-coated, high-collared buffoon in the Order of Canada?
I say No.
What do you say?