Con­tent and con­text of O Canada

RE: National an­them

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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