Thursday, January 05, 2012
A new list of winners has just been announced for the Order of Canada, an honour established in 1967 with the most honourable intentions. To recognize the great achievements of Canadians with a true commitment to country. To make our nation a better place to live.
But I fear this medal is no longer any of those things. The deciding panel has been handing out Orders like a fast food restaurant. The medal is like some kind of toy in a kiddie meal box. And the bureaucratic bias turns my stomach like a burger that’s been under the heat lamp for way to long.
The advisory board for the Order of Canada has handed out close to 6,000 Orders since the whole thing started. That’s well over 100 every year. Not exactly an exclusive honour.
But it’s not just the numbers that bug me here. The balance is so tilted to the left it’s giving me a kink in my back. In fact, some picks are a complete slap in the face of anyone with conservative sensibilities.
The advisory board has clearly made a call on abortion. Abortion activist Henry Morgentaler, whose clinics ended the lives of thousands of unborn children, is a member of the club.
So is Elizabeth Bagshaw, who opened Canada’s first birth-control clinic. Those who choose for the Order certainly support pro-choice. Where are the pro-life activists?
How about sexual orientation? Well there’s the controversial Sue Johanson from the Sunday Night Sex Show. A show that openly discussed anal sex and pretty much every form of sexual endeavour. Way to go Sue!
Environmental orientation? No shortage of global warming fearmongers who want to put Canada on the nut for billions in climate change reparations. This category naturally includes Saint David Suzuki, Elizabeth May and the ethically compromised Maurice Strong of UN oil-for-food fame. But there’s been no invite for converted Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore, a rational environmentalist who’s seen the light on what a sustainable economy really is.
And of course, political orientation. Sure Brian Mulroney is in there. So is Preston Manning. Natural choices. But Bob Rae? The guy who nearly destroyed Ontario’s economy?
Yet they’d sooner give other accomplished conservative premiers like Ralph Klein or Mike Harris a kick in the pants. The order has rules against giving out awards posthumously. But mark my words, they’ll be bending the rules for Jack Layton.
There has been a regurgitation of awards handed out to broadcasters and media types, but don’t expect influential conservative broadcasters like our own Ezra Levant to get one.
For all you average, hardworking, Canadian taxpayer types, is there any more stinging slap in the face or more blatant snub of the nose than the exclusion of Don Cherry? Grapes, the icon for the Canadian people? Not just for the NHL, but as a tireless supporter of both kids’ hockey and our proud military? It’s disgusting.
Look, I don’t have any proof. I don’t have any recorded confessions from advisory board members about bias. But this whole process needs a much closer look. It doesn’t pass my smell test. And it shouldn’t pass yours either. And that’s Canadian common sense.