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Twelfth Time’s A Charm: Canadian National Anthem Is Officially Gender Neutral

Canadian National Anthem

Gender specific no more! Canada officially changed the wording of its national anthem on Wednesday, January 31st to be gender neutral.

It was a year-and-half long struggle to update the wording, but senate passed the bill with a conclusive vote. Known as Bill C210,  the movement changes the lyrics from the original “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”

Prior to the latest movement, there were 11 separate attempts to rectify the gender specific nature of the lyrics.

While many people are happy that the lyrics are changed, numerous people feel the move is unnecessary. Also, some feel that the new wording is grammatically incorrect, and that it reflects poorly on the country.

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Updated Canadian national anthem

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Now, the bill goes to the Governor General for a final seal of approval; however, the Governor General rarely prevents these motions.

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