Nobody has managed to rewrite, sanitize or politicize the original lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the name of political correctness. Well, not yet, anyway. This is not the case with our good neighbors to the north, however, where a group of high-powered ladies seeks to rewrite “O, Canada,” the national anthem, in more “gender neutral terms.”
Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, author Margaret Atwood and a host of female officials are troubled by the majestic lines, “O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command.” Uh-oh. “Sons.” There’s the problem: the women want the final words to read “in all of us command,” claiming it’s closer to the original lyrics of yore.
“Women are still facing gender equality issues every day. Our National Anthem should reflect what women of the past fought for and like them, we should not settle for the status quo, but rather continue paving the way toward an inclusive Canada,” the ladies reason, in an online rationale of their quest.
They should remember, however, that “gender equality” has come to mean a great more these days, what with transgender folk and others a presence on gender identity radar. Ms. Campbell and company better make room for an extra lyric.