Between the Pundits: Highest civilian honour by faint praise


No doubt taking a cue from yesterday’s Megapundit, and maybe from that Rex Murphy guy too, The Globe and Mail‘s editorial board today plumps for Don Cherry’s Order of Canada—despite his “excesses,” which they refuse to “sugarcoat.” (Seriously, Canada, don’t ask them to sugarcoat Don Cherry’s excesses. It ain’t gonna happen!)

Anyway, if I was in Grapes’ shoes, I’m not sure quite what I’d make of this: “He has done as much for our game as Randy Bachman, named to the order this year, has done for music.” As much, eh? Is my contribution to hockey being compared to Bachman’s contribution to the whole of the world’s musical heritage, I’d wonder, or just to Can-rock? Absent some sort of clarification, I might be tempted to do something… excessive.

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Between the Pundits: Highest civilian honour by faint praise

  1. The question still stands though — who would write him up? It’s considered by nomination only… is the Globe and Mail editorial board going to submit the papers? Is Rex Murphy?

  2. Nice point that I hadn’t considered, Chris. That being said I don’t think you have properly countered the spirit of the article’s argument. Don Cherry, love him or hate him, has been and is a good citizen and his views are shared by millions of Canadians.

    What is this award if not to recognize the accomplishment of our own celebrities and scholars. Is there a true distinction between having an OC of any level and having a star on “Canada’s” walk of fame?

    I personally believe, and _again_ I think millions of Canadians agree with me, that Don Cherry’s celebrity and accomplishments deserve the accolades of this Order.

    James Maynard
    Toronto ON

  3. As Andre Pratte points out in a web-only article on the Globe and Mail site, bigotry shouldn’t be rewarded by awarding an OC. If you can strip Ahenakew of one for being an anti-Semite why would you give one to Cherry? There is no other way to describe some of the idiotic things that have come out of Don’s mouth.

    Maybe it’s time the Globe and Mail (and Maclean’s for that matter) got back to some more important news topics? This is indeed the silly season.

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