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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Governor General announces 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada

Governor General Michaëlle Jean announced today 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

Singer Celine Dion and mining entrepreneur Peter Munk were among those promoted from within the Order to the highest rank of Companion.

Some stand-outs among the new appointments include the first black NHL player, Willie O'Ree and representatives from the business community including westerners David O’Brien from Calgary and Frank Lovsin, the founder of the Alberta independent grocery chain Freson Market in 1955.

From Ontario we got David Brown, a disappointing new addition to the Order. Brown was appointed for his work as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission from 1998 to 2005. Brown is a corporate governance hawk who made doing business in Ontario difficult and costly and kept good public offerings out of reach of Ontario investors with the most onerous securities regulations in the country...regulations that may soon be the basis for a national securities regulator.

(The Western Standard reported that in April 2007, the Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day appointed David Brown to lead the $3 million RCMP pension fraud investigation.)

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan was appointed for his leadership role in the Muslim community and his work as a journalist. A quick scan of his writings reveal his socialist, interventionist leanings with an equal commitment to religious tolerance and peace. He seems like a pretty typical Canadian journalist, but his appointment will be welcomed by moderate Canadian Muslims.

Here's the complete list:

Companions of the Order

• Céline Dion, Laval, Que. (promotion within the Order)
• Ben Heppner, Toronto (promotion within the Order)
• Stephen A. Jarislowsky, Montreal (promotion within the Order)
• Peter Munk, Toronto (promotion within the Order)

Officers of the Order

• Gary Birch, Vancouver
• Iona V. Campagnolo, Courtenay, B.C. (promotion within the Order)
• William J. Commanda, Maniwaki, Que.
• Nellie J. Cournoyea, Inuvik
• Paul E. Garfinkel, Toronto
• Dave Joe, West Vancouver
• Michael J. Kirby, Ottawa
• Arvind Koshal, Edmonton
• Claude R. Lamoureux, Toronto
• Louise Lecavalier, Montreal
• Allan J. MacEachen, Whycocomagh, N.S.
• David P. O'Brien, Calgary
• Ian C.P. Smith, Winnipeg
• Barry L. Strayer, Ottawa

Members of the Order

• Michael A. Baker, Toronto
• Joyce Barkhouse, Bridgewater, N.S.
• Elsa Bolam, Montreal
• David Bouchard, Victoria
• David A. Brown, Kettleby, Ont.
• Dinu Bumbaru, Montreal, Que.
• Fred Carmichael, Inuvik
• Douglas Cole, Port Sydney, Ont.
• Gail Cook-Bennett, Toronto, Ont.
• Max Cynader, West Vancouver
• James J. Douglas, West Vancouver
• Fred S. Fountain, Head of St. Margaret's Bay, N.S.
• Arlene Hache, Yellowknife
• Kenneth Kernaghan, Fenwick, Ont.
• M. Azhar Ali Khan, Ottawa
• LaVerne Kindree, Squamish, B.C.
• Suzanne Lapointe, Morin Heights, Que.
• John F. Lewis, St. John's
• Frank L. Lovsin, Peace River, Alta.
• David Matas, Winnipeg
• Gordon A. McBean, London, Ont.
• Barbara McInnes, Ottawa
• Don McKay, St. John's
• James H. Morrison, Halifax
• Alexander Nilsson, Creston, B.C.
• Allison D. O'Brien, Barrhead, Alta.
• Willie E. O'Ree, La Mesa, Calif., and Fredericton
• Lata Pada, Mississauga, Ont.
• Brian Paisley, Victoria
• Ross E. Petty, Vancouver
• Douglas Pollard, Cobalt, Ont.
• Victor M. Power, Timmins, Ont.
• Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, Kingston and St. John's
• Angela Rebeiro, Toronto
• Henry A. Regier, Elmira, Ont.
• Byron P. Rourke, Windsor, Ont.
• Herbert O. Sparrow, North Battleford, Sask.
• Donald W. Storch, Victoria
• David Thauberger, Regina
• Pierre Théroux, Montreal
• William J. Wall, London, Ont.
• Shirley Westeinde, Ottawa

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on December 30, 2008 | Permalink


...while i'm sure the people listed are great citizens, but how often do they hand out these things?

I mean, just recently I remember Preston Manning getting it, and before that the bad Doctor.

I guess a majority of the great people live east of Manitoba...

Posted by: tomax7 | 2008-12-30 1:15:00 PM

Celine Dion?
Didn't we sell her to the States?
Don't tell me they gave her back!

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-30 1:30:11 PM

Two names rate above these yet they are absent: Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant. They have done much more to promote Canadian values (no, not the invented Liberal ones) than anyone I see listed.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-30 6:30:07 PM

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