Ralph Klein, Pat Quinn named to Order of Canada
GG honours accomplishments in politics, sports, journalism, and the arts
Rideau Hall has released the latest list of appointees to the Order of Canada.
The newest recipients are being honoured for their achievements in politics, sports, journalism, the arts and a host of other fields.
Three Canadians have been named Companions of the Order of Canada. They are the Honourable Ian Binnie, a former Supreme Court justice, historian Natalie Zemon Davis and musical conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Another 25 have been named Officers of the Order of Canada.
They include former NHL player and coach Pat Quinn, journalists Craig Oliver and Chantal Hébert and former Alberta premier Ralph Klein.
Klein suffers from a severe form of dementia. Upon learning he would receive the honour, his family released a statement expressing their gratitude.
The statement reads: "Members of the family visited with Ralph earlier this week and informed him that he was to be awarded the Order of Canada. While words are difficult, his face brightened, and he smiled.
"Ralph is ailing now, but will always remain strong and vibrant in the hearts and minds of Albertans."
Forty-two people were also appointed Members of the Order of Canada.
They include: Toronto Rabbi Arthur Norman Biefeld, for his contribution to the city's Jewish community over 30 years; Wadih M. Fares, of Halifax, for his role as entrepreneur and community leader; and Bernice Morgan, of St. John's, for her contributions as an author and her support of the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The winners will be honoured at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence in Ottawa, at a later date.
Here is the full list of appointees:
Companions of the Order of Canada
The Honourable Ian Corneil Binnie, Toronto
Natalie Zemon Davis, Toronto
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Montreal
Officers of the Order of Canada
Robert G. Bertram, Aurora, Ont.
Jean Bissonnette, Montreal
Francine Décary, Montreal
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Toronto
Angèle Dubeau, Westmount, Que. (Promotion within the order)
Chantal St-Cyr Hébert, Montreal
Paul F. Hoffman, Victoria
Prabhat Jha, Toronto
Ralph Klein, Calgary
Maryse Lassonde, Montreal
John Last, Ottawa
Jean-François Lépine, Ville Mont-Royal, Que.
Hadi-Khan Mahabadi, Mississauga, Ont.
Ermanno Mauro, Mississauga, Ont.
Marianne McKenna, Toronto
Craig Oliver, Ottawa
The Honourable P. Michael Pitfield, Ottawa
Sharon Pollock, Calgary
John Brian Patrick (Pat) Quinn, West Vancouver
The Honourable John D. Richard, Ottawa
Cecil H. Rorabeck, London, Ont.
Louise Roy, Montreal
Gordon Semenoff, Surrey, B.C.
Gilles Tremblay, Montreal
The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, Sackville, N.B.
Members of the Order of Canada
Carolyn Acker, Toronto
Dyane Adam, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Que.
Patsy Anderson, Toronto
Allan Gordon Bell, Cochrane, Alta.
Rabbi Arthur Norman Bielfeld, Toronto
Roger Bland, Edmonton
Robert B. Bourne, London, Ont.
Pierre Bruneau, Montreal
John Buhler, Winnipeg
Silver Donald Cameron, Halifax
Stephen Chatman, Vancouver
Guy Corneau, Montreal
Franklin Delaney, Beaconsfield, Que.
Wadih M. Fares, Halifax
Anthony (Tony) Fields, Edmonton
Allan Gotlib, Thornhill, Ont.
Michel Goulet, Montreal
Alia Hogben, Gananoque, Ont.
Greg Hollingshead, Edmonton
Nancy Kilgour, Calgary
Henry Kloppenburg, Saskatoon
Merril Knudtson, Calgary
The Honourable Frances Lankin, Restoule, Ont.
Louis LaPierre, Moncton, N.B.
William Laskin, Toronto
Monique F. Leroux, Montreal
Guy Maddin, Winnipeg
Salem Masry, Fredericton
Kenneth Maybee, New Maryland, N.B.
Des McAnuff, Stratford, Ont.
Elizabeth McWeeny, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Lois Mitchell, Calgary
Bernice Morgan, St. John's
Marian Packham, Toronto
Gordon Rawlinson, Calgary and Prince Albert, Sask.
Jean-Guy Rioux, Pointe-Brûlée, N.B.
Michèle Rouleau, Montreal
Marie Saint Pierre, Montreal
Mr. Emanuele (Lino) Saputo, Senneville, Que.
Steven Schipper, Winnipeg
Cyril Simard, Quebec City
Laure Waridel, Montreal