A petition has been launched to have Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie appointed to the Order of Canada.
The petition already has more than 10,000 signatures, with a goal of 15,000 in total.
Addressed to Governor General David Johnson, it reads:
“From his songwriting to environmental activism, Gord Downie embodies what it means to be Canadian. 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.”
Any living Canadian can be nominated for the Order of Canada with the nomination and appointment process taking up to two years to complete. All recipients must accept the honour in order to recieve it.
Earlier this week, The Tragically Hip announced that Downie has terminal brain cancer. The band has planned a cross-Canada tour this summer, with a concert in Vancouver on July 24th.