Nominate Gord Downie as Poet Laureate of Canada (While We Still Can)
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My fellow Canadians,
It is clear, in light of the recent news regarding Gord Downie's health, that we are on the cusp of the end of an era. Though it sometimes feels as if we are losing our identity to the flood of media flowing from the south, there will never be a Friday night within our borders that will go without Gord and the Boys drifting from the open windows of Albertan pickup trucks or idling sedans stuck in Toronto traffic.
With the rare exceptions of the likes of Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen, few people have done so much to define the poetry in Canadian hearts: The glistening of wheat fields and the lyricism of small town bars will forever beat with the band's kick drum.
Downie was never afraid to bring obscurity and a deeper meaning to songs that could have otherwise carried on the simplicity of a full-blast rock band, and never was his love of language more evident than in the quieter compositions of his solo albums.
So here we are, he's leaving us and we only have a short time to make our thanks and say our goodbyes.
There is no greater way I can think of to show him how much Canadian society, which he both reflected and shaped with his words, owes him.
A Note on George Elliott Clarke, Current Canadian Poet Laureate: This petition is in no way meant as a slight against Mr. Clarke, a brilliant man who has done important work. While I am no parliamentarian, I would propose Mr. Clarke be reinstated to carry out the remainder of his full two-year-term once Mr. Downie has either carried out his term or otherwise vacates the office.
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