Still no Order for Cherry

BRIAN LILLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Poor Don Cherry. The Canadian hockey and cultural icon still hasn't been asked to join the elite club known as the Order of Canada.

There were 32 people added to the club on Friday and Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean moved 13 people further up the ranks of membership but Cherry was still left sitting on the bench.

"He's a great Canadian," said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, a friend of Cherry's. "He sure supports Canada. He supports our troops and our veterans and they support him."

In fact, McCallion credits Cherry's ongoing support for women's hockey with helping to make it an Olympic sport. Of course Cherry has also been a man of controversy and has been outspoken in his support of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Conservatives in Ottawa gripe about a bias against their side when it comes to the Order of Canada but Joseph Ben-Ami doesn't see it that way.

"I wouldn't deny that there is a perception that the inductees are more lefty that right," said Ben-Ami, executive director of the right-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Studies.

"It's important to a certain class of elite people," said Ben-Ami. "Being a member of the Order of Canada is one of those talking points on the cocktail circuit."


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