Canadian National Anthem Changing to Become Gender-Neutral

O Canada will almost certainly be getting a slight change in late 2016.

Liberal MP Mauril Belanger, who sadly, suffers from one of the most aggressive forms of ALS, had proposed for a few words in ‘O Canada’ to be changed for quite some time now.

Recently, this has become more-so a reality, which makes Mauril Belanger quite pleased as he gives the thumbs up in the House of Commons.

Mauril Belanger, who suffers from ALS, gives the thumbs up
Mauril Belanger, who suffers from ALS, gives the thumbs up (via The Canadian Press)

Mauril Belanger wishes for “…in all thy sons command” to be changed to “…in all of us command,” to make it gender-neutral, instead of taking away from the entire female population with the way it sits now.

Play the national anthem sans-lyrics:

The Liberals and the NDP are all for the subtle change, however the Conservatives are against it.

Our symbols, like the national anthem, belong to Canadians, they do not belong to us as politicians. […] Important pieces of the national heritage shouldn’t be trifled with.Conservative MP Peter Van Loan

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The original Canadian anthem actually read “…thou dost in us command,” and Belanger is simply trying to return it to its gender-neutral position prior to the change of 1914.

At this point, it is almost for certain that the national anthem will indeed be making this change, as Bill C-210 gets passed. If it is indeed passed, the changes will be made in late 2016.


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Group of people signing the Canadian national anthem
Group of people signing the Canadian national anthem
What are your thoughts? Do you think that changes to our national anthem should be voted on by all Canadians, and not just politicians?

Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

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  • Jessica HAll
    June 13, 2016 at 7:42 AM
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    The worry I have is…. If this gets changed, will others chime in with…. This line offends me, etc etc. Then pretty soon we have no anthem?????

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    • Sue Kidd
      June 14, 2016 at 3:28 PM
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      I’m so sick of political correct bull shit! Leave the anthem alone! I will not change the way I sing it!

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    • Jae Misoyianis
      June 13, 2016 at 7:45 AM
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      Lol! Right? I’m gonna sing it the way I always have. The way i was taught. The way it’s been sung for years! All the whiners can sing it their new way….Bunch of cry babies!

      IF IT AINT BROKE, DONT FIX IT!

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    • Jessica HAll
      June 13, 2016 at 7:49 AM
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      But as is Canadian laws are being changed to ” not offend” people moving here….. Move to their countries I can’t see the same happening

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    • Jae Misoyianis
      June 13, 2016 at 7:52 AM
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      Move to their countries, we would get laughed at then sh*t on to request such absurd things! But noooo. Not Canada! Canada is like ‘omg you are offended?! I am so sorry! We shall change it for you!’ It’s so sad…

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    • Cijay Janet Morgan
      June 13, 2016 at 7:56 AM
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      Jae Misoyianis Don’t know how old you are but there’s a chance that you and I learned it with differently. It’ll be sung ‘your way’ or the wrong way then?

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    • Judy Foulston
      June 13, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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      But as CiJay said, some of us have already lived through one change of the wording…which leads to the question of which of those two versions is the ‘correct’ one…
      Nevertheless I too am against changing the wording so as to always be politically correct.

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  • Joy
    June 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM
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    no. There is nothing wrong with it as is.

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  • Matthew Dempsey
    June 13, 2016 at 11:39 AM
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    Still singing the original anthem.
    Why are we wasting time talking about an idea an imbecile clearly thought up? Some change is dumb change!

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  • Brad Melnichuk
    June 13, 2016 at 2:21 PM
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    This is bullshit !!! Just because the ass licking Liberals are being sympathetic to “one of their own” does not give them the right to change our “National” Anthem !!!! It has to be put to a referendum and vote for “All Canadians” to decide, not just a couple of narrow minded, heads up they’re asses Liberals !!!!

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  • The Talk of Edmonton
    June 13, 2016 at 7:35 AM
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    Not happy about this, or? To be quite honest, I’m all for it. Does me no harm! And besides, when else is the national anthem sung besides at sports events & school? 😛 Nothing wrong with a bit of equality. ^_^

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  • The Talk of Edmonton
    June 13, 2016 at 7:47 AM
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    Fair enough. I wasn’t trying to be rude.

    I am alright with it how it is now, and I would be alright if it were to change, also.

    Heck, it wouldn’t be the first time our anthem has changed anyway, so there’s nothing to get so amped up about.

    I haven’t changed a single thing about this country. I don’t have this kind of power.

    And the part about it only being sung at sports games and schools was actually only supposed to be satirical.

    Clearly I’ve hit a nerve. Apologies.

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  • Missy Cossom
    June 13, 2016 at 8:19 AM
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    Yea. People are always ‘crazy’ when they stand up for something they believe in. Yet it isn’t at all crazy that we change our ways for other people. Makes sense. Lol I agree with u Jae.

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  • Janine Gray
    June 13, 2016 at 8:32 AM
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    Let’s be real. There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to change our national anthem. Who are these people who complain about it? I’ve never heard anybody say that they are offended by our anthem and if they are who the hell cares?

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  • Randall Deynaka
    June 13, 2016 at 8:46 AM
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    It’s hilarious really, all the shit that is wrong with the country. Yet this, right here. Is what the government is concerned about…

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  • The Talk of Edmonton
    June 13, 2016 at 8:48 AM
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    Sad thing is, I agree with her as well; but it was unreal how rude her reply to me felt at first. Unexpected.

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  • Kyle Haferer
    June 13, 2016 at 8:51 AM
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    You are a bitch because of the pure carelessness you have for other individuals.. You literally roasted “the talk of Edmonton” Facebook page for no reason… Grow up lol, regardless of if it is a Facebook page or not, there is still someone with feelings behind those comments, especially when they were politely-geared.

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  • Tiffaney Marie
    June 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM
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    Like people who have been singing it since childhood will remember or care to change the lyrics when they sing it. It will only be in print. Can you see everyone at a hockey game singing the lyrics any different? No.

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  • Missy Cossom
    June 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM
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    Lol you do realize that you two are just proving her statement right about people being overly-sensitive to everything? And you are the one calling her names and bashing her for stating her opinion? She didn’t roast the page. She stated her views on the article. You are the one who needs to grow up! Lol

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  • Kaitlyn Willoughby
    June 13, 2016 at 9:14 AM
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    It’s got nothing to do with gender. The anthem is that way because it’s our history and remembers the war where “our sons” fought for our freedom.

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  • Jade Raycraft-Savel
    June 13, 2016 at 4:58 PM
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    Ive decided that doing taxes isn’t gender friendly and im extremely offended by it. I wont be doing taxes until it addresses vagina equality!

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  • Lauri Wardell
    June 13, 2016 at 8:12 PM
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    With all the major issues in Canada, you couldn’t tackle tougher sentences for sex offenders, abusers, lack of support for veterans, the homeless? NO, just offend those that have fought hard for our country. Hey, if your truly worried about gender… Work on equal pay for women??? Definitely more important. Disgusted with the priorities in our government.

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  • Pam Bureau
    June 14, 2016 at 4:35 AM
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    Our country has much more important things to be doing with their time. There is nothing wrong with our national anthem.

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  • Mike Christy
    June 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM
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    If this actually happens, I vote for an arranged protest in the Legislature grounds where we all sing the “offensive” version

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  • Sharon Bachaalani
    June 13, 2016 at 10:35 AM
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    I wish the very best for Mauril Belanger…one of the finest and kindest human beings…thank you for thinking of US all and for your steadfast determination to make two letters such a powerful word…US US US US US US US…GOD BLESS US ALL AMEN FOR MAURIL

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