Thousands of Canadians are showing their love for Gord Downie in yet another way: by petitioning to give the musician the Order of Canada.
A Facebook page supporting a petition addressed to Governor General David Johnston said the honour would be "long overdue."
"From his songwriting to environmental activism, Gord Downie embodies what it means to be Canadian. Along with all The Tragically Hip band members, he's had a profound impact not just on the world of music, but on Canadian culture as well," the petition reads.
The second-highest honour of its kind in the country is awarded to Canadians who have "enriched the lives of others" with an "outstanding" dedication and service to the nation.
Dubbed Canada's unofficial poet laureate, Downie's songs are filled with references to Canadian history, landmarks, and lives — and have become part of the modern national identity.
Downie, 52, revealed in May that he was living with terminal brain cancer. With the blessing of the frontman's doctors, The Hip decided to go ahead with a planned national tour in support of their new album.
Every show was sold out.
He used the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the shameful history of how Canada's First Nations have been treated, and urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who was in the live audience — to work on repairing those long-standing issues.
Downie is also part of a group that works to protect the waters of the Great Lakes.
The Tragically Hip has received 14 JUNO Awards, the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and have a spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
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