What kind of honour could a person of goodwill possibly have in being a member of the Order of Canada knowing that rules were broken to give it? (Incidentally, this is no small point. Who is proud of “winning” a game when they changed the rules? “Checkmate!–I have your rook.”)
This is a great piece. If you wear the pin, send it back.
My favourite line:
The point here is that the real reason for supporting his award isn’t that he’s controversial, it’s that he’s an abortionist. And it’s no excuse for pushing it through that he’s unwell and it cannot be given posthumously. If there is no afterlife there’s little point rushing to collect attractive coffin decorations and if there is, that little white lapel pin will not help him face his accusers on the other side.
Tanya was particularly grabbed by this part:
Canada is full of “controversial figures” like, say, Don Cherry. But the people who dislike him think he’s a blowhard, not a mass murderer.