Question: What Happened to Gord Downie’s Order of Canada?

Last year as part of the outpouring of affection and support for Gord Downie, there was a movement to see him awarded the Order of Canada. A petition at Change.org gathered 75,000 signatures. Yet when the list of recipients for 2017 was released on December 30, Gord’s name was absent.

I know that Gord’s name was put forward–and I can’t see anyone objecting to his nomination–but I’ll admit that I have no idea how the rest of the process works. Can anyone shed any light on why Gord was passed over? Just wonderin’…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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