Should the Candian National Anthem be rewritten?

Should the Canadian National Anthem be changed?

That issue is being debated at Parliament this week. Liberal MP Belanger has put forth a bill to seek a rewrite of the National Anthem, our anthem that is played everyday in schools around the country, sang by children and adults, heard by international countries at events. Does it really need to be changed? Are we going to far with Political Correctness?

‘OTTAWA – Conservative MPs have thwarted a bid to ensure that dying Liberal MP Mauril Belanger gets to realize his dream of a gender-neutral national anthem.

Belanger’s private member’s bill, which would change the second line of O Canada from, “true patriot love, in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”‘

 

Ottawa-area MP Mauril Belanger introduces a motion to debate the city's 50-day-old bus strike following Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday, Jan.28, 2009. Belanger says he has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and has dropped out of race to become the new Speaker of the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld: Ottawa-area MP Mauril Belanger. (Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press)© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2015. Ottawa-area MP Mauril Belanger. (Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press) Scheer, a former House of Commons Speaker, accused the Liberals of using Belanger’s illness to politicize a bill that proposes a change that would concern many Canadians.

For changing the anthem

‘Belanger argued that his proposed change to two words in the English lyrics of O Canada would actually return the anthem closer to the original “thou dost in us command” — wording that was changed to “all thy sons” in 1913, presumably to honour men in the armed forces at the approach to World War I.

Since then, he said, women have won the right to vote, to run for office and to di

“Our anthem should not ignore the increasingly important contribution of 52 per cent of our population,” he said.’

Argument against

“Rewriting the lyrics of our national anthem in the name of political correctness goes too far,” said Manitoba Tory Larry Maguire.

He suggested passing Belanger’s bill would set a precedent that could to lead to dropping the anthem’s reference to God “so that Canadians who are agnostic and atheist feel included.” Or it could spark changes to other national symbols, such as replacing the beaver with a “less destructive” national animal.

Other Conservatives argued that their constituents don’t want to change O Canada, noting that their own government proposed a gender neutral anthem in 2010 but had to back down in the face of a public backlash.

My thoughts

Is this really the issue our politicians should be spending time debating in the House of Commons? There are far bigger issue that our voted in politicians should be focused on. Many, many other issues.

However, let’s focus on this issue. Our National Anthem represents Canada. Canada’s history and has been our proudly sung anthem since the 1900s. I personally find nothing offensive in the song. As a woman I have no issues with the ‘in all our sons command’. I sing the song with pride and teach others the words of O Canada.

Who is offended by the second line in the anthem? If they are that offended can they not just sing it the way they want to? Isn’t it up to the individual to decide what they watch, read, or sing?

This is a non issue for me. There is no violence, racism, or discrimination in the song.

Leave O Canada alone. Focus on the bigger issues.

What do you think? I have given both sides opinion and my own. Change the anthem or leave it as is? Political correctness gone to far or a need for gender equality in the anthem?

*note the quotes in italic are from the Canadian Press article found on MSN.

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