Musings —06.26.2012 12:00 AM—
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the governor general informs us on a slick vice-regal website, is “a new commemorative medal … created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.”
The medal, enthused the GG, “is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.”
How nice! How “tangible!” In all, around 60,000 Canadians will receive the shiny silver medals, which have a likeness of the Queen on one side, and her insignia and some maple leafs on the reverse side. To get one, you need to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you need to have made “a significant contribution” to the country, and you needed to be alive as of February of this year.
It also doesn’t hurt, apparently, if you are a Conservative Party hack, a separatist, a banker, a conservative tax lobbyist, a conservative cheerleader, or even a member of an organization with links to white supremacy and homophobia.
Many people who have received the medals are deserving of recognition, of course. But others associated with the medals don’t deserve them, at all.
Here’s a sampling: