Canada Considers Anthem Edit
Some want to make 'O Canada' gender neutral
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2010 1:13 PM CST
The Canadian flag is waved through the air by Sidney Crosby after he shot the winning goal in the Olympic gold medal game, Feb. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

(Newser) O Canada may get a rewrite soon, in an effort to eliminate all gender-specific pronouns. In a throne speech yesterday, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean called on Canada’s parliament to review the song, which became Canada’s national anthem in 1980, replacing God Save the Queen. The English lyrics are based on a 1908 poem, and include the line, “True patriot love in all thy sons command.”

The proposal surprised parliament. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff told the CBC he supported making the anthem more gender-sensitive, “but, for heaven's sake, we have some very important challenges and every time the government is asked to do something real, it does something symbolic. There's lots of things to do for women that are more important than changing the words of the national anthem.”

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Mar 4, 2010 9:55 PM CST
So let me guess there going to change part of the words to include smoking cigars and drinking alcohol on the hockey ice.
Mar 4, 2010 9:25 PM CST
This sounds like a really good use of time for the Canadians!
Mar 4, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Now, let's scrap the US national anthem and replace it with either "God Bless America" or "America, the Beautiful." All patriotism and tradition aside, our anthem is terrible: it's impossible to sing, it's words are only mumbled (no one really knows them) and it glorifies war. Sure it was our war of Independence, but it's a war we won to make a beautiful, peace-loving nation. Let's have an anthem that glorifies that which is good and that which seeks American goals.