Content and context of O Canada
RE: National anthem
Everyone should know the history and study the original lyrics to our national anthem, O Canada. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallee. Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier was the French lyricist, and the Honourable Robert Stanley Weir was the English lyricist. Weir wrote four verses of the original English lyrics to O Canada, but only one verse was proclaimed Canada’s National Anthem on July 1, 1980, an entire century after it was first sung. Also written but not always sung is the Bilingual version of O Canada.
O Canada, our national anthem as we know and sing it, has been changed before. If another change is to occur to make it gender neutral, my only hope is that the content as well as the context is appropriate. Patricia Jaggard, Hamilton