Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Always a bridesmaid

"In the wake of the controversy surrounding the awarding of the Order of Canada to Henry Morgentaler, the question arises: Are citizen honours a good idea?

First, however, in the interests of transparency, I want to note I'm in the somewhat unusual position of having been both given such an award and, 17 years later, refused one. It's an open question whether those experiences qualify or disqualify me from weighing in on this issue, but here goes."

Yes yes, the soconuts have been whining for awhile that Somerville has been rejected by the Liberal Elite who control the Order of Canada because of her socially conservative views. But the Order of Canada is supposed to be about "wanting a better country", something that's hardly consistent with the ass-backwardness of social conservatism.

Though I kind of wish the O of C committee would accept her nomination, if only to see whether she'd refuse it.