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June 2, 2016- On June 1st, The House voted on Bill C-210, MP Mauril Bélanger’s private members bill, which aims to make the national anthem gender-neutral by replacing the line in the English version “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command.” The Bill passed and was swiftly moved to The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the following morning for study.
Due to the lack of lead time, we were only able to have one witness attend committee who discussed the Anthem from an historical perspective. Dr. Chris Champion pointed out that the term “sons” in the context of the era in which the anthem was written did not only refer to males, but to all citizens. This is important historical context and afterall, the Anthem is a symbol of our History.
Changing the lyrics of the national anthem is not a decision to be taken lightly or without full debate and this government is proceeding at record speed with this bill to the detriment of proper procedure and consultation.