Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Senate Votes To Give Canada A Gender-Neutral National Anthem

Senate Votes To Give Canada A Gender-Neutral National Anthem

Liberal and Independent Canadian senators voted Wednesday to change the lyrics to "O Canada", making the Canadian national anthem gender neutral.

It must now receive "royal assent" from the governor general before it becomes law. After it passed, some criticized the vote.

The bill was first introduced nearly two years ago by Ontario Liberal Member of Parliament Mauril Belanger, who has since died of Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The legislation was first introduced to the House of Commons in 2016 by Mauril Bélanger, a liberal member of parliament who died later that year, as a push to eliminate gendered language from "O Canada", which some have argued is discriminatory and exclusionary.

"I'm very, very happy", she told CBC News. Francis Larkin, who sponsored Bélanger's bill, introduced a motion to immediately vote on the bill - which passed in a near unanimous voice vote.

The change has received an abundance of support from many Canadians... They didn't originally include the line referring to "sons".

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Several versions of the anthem had been created long before before the current tune was penned in 1908.

There was 18 months of debate over the bill, though this Tuesday, Independent Ontario Sen.

Unfortunately for the Conservatives, they boycotted the vote on Lankin's motion, causing them to miss the final vote.

As for the English version the gender (as which there were a number of versions proposed in he earliest years of the last century), the gender neutral issue is not the only point of contention with O Canada in English. The change actually reverts back to one of the original versions which did say "dost in us command". "There is no evidence as to why the change to "sons" was made", the Canadian Encyclopedia states, "although it is worth noting that the women's suffrage movement was at its most militant and controversial around in 1913, and by 1914 and 1916 there was an enormous surge of patriotism during the First World War, at a time when only men could serve in the armed forces".

True patriot love in all of us command.

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