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Anderson, Turpin named to Order of Canada

Anderson, Turpin named to Order of Canada

David Karp, Times Colonist, June 30, 2010

Longtime Victoria politician David Anderson has been named an officer of the Order of Canada, while University of Victoria president David Turpin has been named a member of the order.

Gov.-Gen. Michaëlle Jean on Wednesday announced 74 new appointments to the Order. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date, the office of the governor general said in a news release.

Anderson, 72, was first elected to Parliament as the MP for Esquimalt-Saanich in 1968, before resigning to enter provincial politics. He won election again as Victoria’s MP in 1993 and spent more than 10 years in cabinet under Liberal prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, holding posts as national revenue minister, transport minister, fisheries and oceans minister and environment minister. Anderson retired from politics in 2005.

Anderson was named an officer of the order for his “long-time contributions to the conservation movement as an activist and politician, and for his role in introducing legislation that protects Canada’s natural resources.”

Turpin, a 53-year-old botanist who has served as UVic’s president since 2000, was honoured for his contributions to Canada as a scholar, scientist and administrator and for community service to Victoria.

Also appointed to the order are Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee CEO John Furlong, Burnaby actor Michael J. Fox and Canadian astronaut Julie Payette.

In 1999 Payette, 46, became the first Canadian to visit the International Space Station. Last summer she returned to the station with Robert Thirsk. The two astronauts became the first Canadians to meet in space.

One of the co-founders of the Canadian organization Beyond Borders was also among the 74 appointees. Rosalind Prober helped form the group which describes itself as Canada’s voice against child sexual exploitation.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 and any Canadian may be nominated, except for federal and provincial politicians as well as judges, who cannot receive an appointment while in office.

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