Oh! Canada!

Herizons - - Nellie Grams -

MPs sang the gen­der-neu­tral ver­sion of “O Canada” in the House of Com­mons af­ter they voted over­whelm­ing to bring Canada’s national an­them closer to the ver­sion sung 100 years ago.

On June 15, the House voted 225-74 in sup­port of Bill C-210, which was brought for­ward by Lib­eral MP Mau­ril Bélanger.The bill seeks to change the words “in all thy sons com­mand,” first adopted in 1914, to “in all of us com­mand.” The lyric used pre­vi­ously had been “thou dost in us com­mand.”

Bélanger, who has ALS, was present for the vote.The bill now goes to the Se­nate for de­bate and com­mit­tee study.The change is not ex­pected to be for­mally an­nounced un­til the fall.

Chang­ing the two words was op­posed by a ma­jor­ity of Con­ser­va­tive MPs, al­though MPs Michelle Rem­pel and Candice Ber­gen voted in favour of C-210. Other bids to change the words in 2002 by Se­na­tor Vivi­enne Poy (Lib.), Canada’s first se­na­tor of Chi­nese de­scent, were un­suc­cess­ful.In 2010, Stephen Harper’s Con­ser­va­tives faced a back­lash af­ter an­nounc­ing their in­ten­tion to change the lyric to “in all of us com­mand.”

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