Governor General David Johnston announced 66 new appointments to the Order of Canada on Dec. 30, 2011.
There are five lawyers in the group of new appointees including former prime minister Paul Martin Jr., who has bee accorded to the highest honour of Companion of the Order. Martin was called to the Ontario bar in 1966 and has spent most of his career in business and politics.
The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. It was established in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. There are three areas of appointment: companion, officers and members