The Change.org petition was started by Rock 95, a radio station out of Barrie, Ont.
The petition states:
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.
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
The Order of Canada is Canada’s second highest civilian honour for merit. Some notable Canadians who’ve received the Order include former prime minister Jean Chrétien, chanteuse Céline Dion, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and Gordon Lightfoot.