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I'm good, but not the greatest: Don Cherry

Outspoken hockey icon Don Cherry won't be voting for himself in the CBC's Greatest Canadian competition

Outspoken hockey icon Don Cherry won't be voting for himself in the CBC's Greatest Canadian competition.

Instead, the host of Coach's Corner will be cheering for "another Kingston boy," Sir. John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister.

Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but moved with his family to Kingston at the age of 5.

Cherry ranked in the top 10 when public ballots in the competition were tallied.

In St. John's Thursday to promote the opening of a restaurant, Cherry said he doesn't expect to win.

"I think I'm a good Canadian, but I'm not the greatest Canadian," he said.

The number of votes for Cherry raised eyebrows – and ire – among some pundits, following his series of politically incorrect remarks.

"I love it when we get the left-wingers going," Cherry said.

He also believes his nomination said something about Canadian politics.

"I think the people, the working-man people, made a statement here, that you don't have to be a college graduate to be a good Canadian," Cherry said.

The CBC says it received more than 140,000 nominations for the Greatest Canadian competition, and whittled them down to 10 finalists.

Over the next several weeks, the CBC will broadcast profiles each of the finalists and invite viewers to vote. The winner will be announced on Nov. 29.

Cherry said of the other nominees, he was pleased to see Terry Fox made the final 10.

However, he will be supporting Macdonald, in whom he sees something of a kindred spirit.

"He was the guy who got the trains across, got the country together – and naturally we put him down, because that's the way we are in Canada," he said.