Although I feel that the national anthem was perfectly fine the way it was, let’s please keep in mind that Canada had only actually adopted the official anthem in 1980.
The anthem has been changed more than once over the course of its existence, and the change that was made yesterday is simply bringing it close to its original lyrics.
It is believed that “in all thy sons command” was added in 1913 or 1914 to give honor to the men fighting in WWI. Changing it to “in all of us command” isn’t nearly as big a deal as some people seem to be making it out to be.
I’m all for change, but of course, things such as a nation’s anthem shouldn’t be played with, at least, not without the people of said nation’s voice.
I feel that this was not a right that the political people of this country should have had an opportunity to propose and vote for change.
I feel that the millions of Canadians that make Canada what it is, should have had an opportunity to vote on this proposal.
Millions of voters, not just ~300 politicians.
I understand that the Liberal MP that proposed this change is suffering from an incredibly aggressive and quick-acting form of ALS, and although I feel terribly for him and his family, I do not think that his proposal should have been given additional consideration and added support because of it.
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However, with that said, I am fine with the changes to our anthem. Besides, it’s not like they made a massive change. They simply changed two words, and its main reasoning was to make it fair to the 15+ million women of this beautiful nation of ours.
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Call it feminism if you want, but the changes that were made are entirely okay in my books, despite the fact that when I do sing the anthem, I will probably revert to the version I grew up singing. I just feel that there’s no need to sweat the small things in the general essence of life itself.
I understand fully that not everyone will share the same insight on the whole debacle as I do, and that is entirely fair. I do hope to hear from some of you in this regard.
EDITOR’S OPINION — These thoughts are the personal opinion of Jody Mitoma (Founder and sole-journalist for The Talk of Edmonton) and do not reflect the views or opinions of anyone but his own.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.