Latest Change to O Canada
By Alan Holmes on February 9, 2018
The Canadian national anthem has officially been rewritten, so as to be gender neutral. The line “in all thy sons command” has been replaced with “in all of us command.”
The change is said to have come from an attempt to keep up with the times, and to be a more accurate reflection of the Canadian people.
Many Conservative senators were opposed to the rewrite, though debate seems to have been struck on both sides. With that being said, many people seem apathetic to the change, including some students here at NAIT.
“Honestly, I don’t care that the national anthem is changing. As long as people aren’t getting hurt over it. That’s all I have to say,” said one NAIT student.
This isn’t the first time that the anthem has been altered. The first version of the music was written in the late 19th century in Quebec, as an alternative to God Save the Queen.
It was eventually adapted by English-speaking Canadians nearly twenty year later.
The Government of Canada’s website features the history of the anthem, according to which four versions of the anthem had emerged throughout the early 1900s, including the one we know today.
The most recent change passed the Senate just last week, after more than 18 months of debate. However, complaints regarding the lyric to be changed to gender-neutral, date as far back as the 1950’s.
The lyrics will be changed on the government’s official website, as well as materials that the federal government distributes to schools. However, it has been confirmed that no additional money will be supplied to promote the change.