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 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
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.