OH-H-H CANADA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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