Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Canada Senate votes to make national anthem gender neutral

Canada Senate votes to make national anthem gender neutral

That's because at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2018, the Senate signed off on legislation that changed the lyrics from "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command" as part of a plan to eliminate gendered language from O Canada. ""In all of us command": Senate passes bill approving #genderneutral anthem wording".

"In all thy sons command" will be substituted with "in all of us command", making Canada's national anthem gender-neutral.

The bill had stalled in the Senate as the opposition Conservatives fought its passage, but it won Senate approval on a voice vote Wednesday.

Yesterday, she tweeted 'Dear Senate of Canada: @SenateCA: Re: Bill C-210: Pleeeze vote for an all-inclusive National Anthem tonight! All that is left is for the bill to receive royal assent from the Governor General.

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The third reading of the bill was passed at 5:42 p.m. EST, however the bill is not yet law. Conservative senators were generally against the bill.

She cited a 2013 survey that found that only one in four Canadians supported the change. His original did not include the offending line, which was added by Weir after World War I to reference the men who lost their lives in battle.

If the move is approved, it won't be the first time that the song has been revised.

The legislation was first introduced to the House of Commons in 2016 by Mauril Bélanger, a liberal member of parliament who died later that year, as a push to eliminate gendered language from "O Canada", which some have argued is discriminatory and exclusionary. What is now the national anthem was originally written in 1908 by Judge Robert Stanley Weir, and set to a French song from the 1800s.

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O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Their national anthem is being changed. But let's make it happen.

Belanger's goal was for a revised national anthem to "reflect the progress made by our country in terms of gender equity".

Unfortunately for the Conservatives, they boycotted the vote on Lankin's motion, causing them to miss the final vote.

Gender has increasingly become a policy issue since the current liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took power.

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However, the mention of "sons" in "O Canada" is itself an adjustment.

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