A remarkable Canadian invested into Order of Canada

February 26, 2021

OTTAWA—The Honourable William Blaikie, P.C., O.C., was invested virtually into the Order of Canada today. His Excellency the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Administrator of the Government of Canada, P.C., presented him with the insignia of the Order of Canada during the private virtual ceremony, which was attended by a small gathering of family and friends.

The Honourable William Alexander Blaikie, P.C., O.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

William Blaikie is a lifelong champion of democracy and social justice. A United Church minister and distinguished politician for more than 30 years, he has helped transform Canadian political discourse in his various roles as parliamentary leader and House leader of the New Democratic Party, and as deputy speaker and dean of the House of Commons. A proponent of the Social Gospel, he continues to foster the dialogue between religion and public policy as an adjunct professor of theology at the University of Winnipeg.

Nominations for the Order of Canada are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Nominate someone who has made outstanding contributions to their field of endeavour to the Order of Canada. From community volunteers to scientists, from artists to entrepreneurs, the members of the Order of Canada have enriched the lives of others and made our country a better place.

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  • Encouraging excellence is at the core of the governor general’s mandate.
  • The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Its Members, Officers and Companions are people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities.
  • Anyone can nominate a person for a Canadian honour, decoration or medal.
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