Petition calls for Tragically Hip's Gord Downie to get Order of Canada

Dec 19 2017, 11:31 am

A petition is calling for Gord Downie to be appointed to the Order of Canada, after the Tragically Hip lead singer revealed he has terminal brain cancer.

The petition, started by Central Ontario Broadcasting, already has more than 26,000 signatures.

“From his songwriting to environmental activism, Gord Downie embodies what it means to be Canadian,” the description reads.

“Along with all The Tragically Hip band members, he’s had a profound impact not just on the world of music, but on Canadian culture as well.”


The petition is appealing directly to Governor General David Johnston; usually, those appointed to the Order of Canada have first been recommended by an advisory board.

Since its creation, more than 6,000 people have been appointed to the Order of Canada, including scientists, musicians, politicians, artists, athletes and film stars.

It is the second highest honour for merit in Canada’s system of orders, decorations, and medals; behind membership of the Order of Merit, which is a personal gift of the Queen.

If you want to sign the petition, you can find it here: Let’s honour Gord Downie with the Order of Canada on

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