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« on: March 04, 2010, 11:16:06 AM »

Should 'O Canada' be made gender-neutral?

One surprise from the Conservative government's throne speech that raised eyebrows, between the expected promises to pursue balanced books and "tough on crime" bills, was a proposal to tweak the wording of "O Canada."

A sentence in the 6,000-word speech, which was delivered Wednesday afternoon by Governor General Michaelle Jean, said the Conservatives would ask Parliament "to examine the original gender-neutral English wording of the national anthem."

The line in question is: "True patriot love in all thy sons command."

Under the Conservatives' proposal those words would revert to an earlier version of the anthem written by Stanley Weir in 1908.

"True patriot love thou dost in us command," the line by Weir reads.

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100303/OCanada_lyrics_100303/20100303/?hub=TorontoNewHome


 

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