The Order of Canada, Second Edition: Genesis of an Honours System

By Christopher McCreery, MVO
With prefatory messages by Her Majesty the Queen and The Right Honourable David Johnston

© 2018

In 1966, a project to create a national honour for Canadians was begun. The order recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements, dedication, and service to the country. It is a product of national identity, politics, and history, and includes such individuals as Atom Egoyan, Joseph Boyden, and Louise Arbour.

The second edition of The Order of Canada continues the celebration of the order. Christopher McCreery sheds new light on the development of Canadian honours in the early 1930s, the imposed prohibition on honours from 1946 to 1967, and new details on those who have been removed or resigned from the Order. Extensively illustrated, The Order of Canada pays tribute to the individuals who felt the need for a system of recognition for Canadians. Indeed, the order’s history is as fascinating as the more than four thousand Canadians who have received it.

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The second edition of The Order of Canada continues the celebration of the order. Christopher McCreery sheds new light on the development of Canadian honours in the early 1930s, the imposed prohibition on honours from 1946 to 1967, and new details on those who have been removed or resigned from the Order.

The Order of Canada, Second Edition: Genesis of an Honours System

By Christopher McCreery, MVO
With prefatory messages by Her Majesty the Queen and The Right Honourable David Johnston

© 2018

In 1966, a project to create a national honour for Canadians was begun. The order recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements, dedication, and service to the country. It is a product of national identity, politics, and history, and includes such individuals as Atom Egoyan, Joseph Boyden, and Louise Arbour.

The second edition of The Order of Canada continues the celebration of the order. Christopher McCreery sheds new light on the development of Canadian honours in the early 1930s, the imposed prohibition on honours from 1946 to 1967, and new details on those who have been removed or resigned from the Order. Extensively illustrated, The Order of Canada pays tribute to the individuals who felt the need for a system of recognition for Canadians. Indeed, the order’s history is as fascinating as the more than four thousand Canadians who have received it.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 532 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Christopher McCreery’s study of the Order of Canada – the first of its kind – is a delightful surprise: solidly researched, it is a charming and passionate defence of the honours system as it has evolved in Canada, and has the added pleasure of being written in an unpretentious, convincing voice."


    John A. Fraser, C.M., Master of Massey College, University of Toronto, and columnist for the 'Globe and Mail'

    "This is easily the most comprehensive work that has been done on the order, describing it as it does, in careful detail, both the institution itself, its significance, and the history of its conception and evolution. Christopher McCreery casts light on the values embodied in Canada’s national persona, and how they have come to be expressed in its honours system."


    The late Olive Dickason, C.M., was Professor of History and Native Studies at University of Alberta, and Adjunct Professor of History at University of Ottawa
  • Author Information

    Christopher McCreery is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History. He was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II and has served as an adviser to the Canadian and British governments on honours policy.

  • Table of contents

    Dedication

    Frontispiece

    Message from the Queen

    Foreword by the Governor General

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Acknowledgements

    Chapter One False Starts & Honours in Canada, 1867-1917: The creation of a Canadian policy

    Chapter Two Controversy and Discontent, 1917-30: The decline of British honours in Canada

    Chapter Three The Brief Revival of British honours and the Creation of the First Canadian Honour, 1930-35; Bennett’s Canadianized system

    Chapter Four The Honours Quagmire, 1935-48: An incomplete system

    Chapter Five More False Starts and Modest Progress: Massey presses forward

    Chapter Six Founding the Order of Canada: the impending centennial of Confederation

    Chapter Seven Selection and Reaction: The first honours list

    Chapter Eight Transition to a More Complete Honours System

    Chapter Nine Enlargement and Acceptance; Into the 1980s

    Chapter Ten Unity and Diversity: The composition of the Order of Canada

    Chapter Eleven Honorary and Extraordinary Membership: The extended projects

    Chapter Twelve Refused, Resigned and Revoked

    Chapter Thirteen The Logistics of a National Order: Crowns, ribbons and snowflakes

    Chapter Fourteen Fifty Years of Recognition: Centrepiece of a modern honours system

    Appendix One Members of the Interdepartmental Committee and Awards Coordination Committee, 1942

    Appendix Two Royal Warrant Establishing the Canada Medal, 1943

    Appendix Three Royal Warrant Establishing the Canadian Award of Honour and Canadian Decoration of Honour, 1943

    Appendix Four Amendments to the Constitution of the Order of Canada and Enlargements

    Appendix Four Letters Patent Establishing the Order of Canada, 1967

    Appendix Five Constitution of the Order of Canada, 1967

    Appendix Six Constitution of the Order of Canada, 1972

    Appendix Seven Constitution of the Order of Canada, 2013

    Appendix Eight Policy and Procedure for Terminiation of Appointments to the Order of Canada

    Appendix Nine Sovereign and Chancellors of the Order of Canada

    Appendix Ten Officials of the Order of Canada

    Appendix Eleven Members of the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada

    Appendix Twelve Nomination form from Vincent Massey

    Appendix Thirteen Distribution of the First Order of Canada Appointments, July 1967

    Appendix Fourteen Appointments to the Order of Canada, July 1967

    Appendix Fifteen Order of Canada Insignia Manufacture, 1967-2017

    Appendix Sixteen Honours postnominals