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article imageOp-Ed: Canada, let's rise up and change our national anthem

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 2, 2013 in Politics
It has been an issue before and with the new website that seeks to change, slightly, the Canadian national anthem, it's becoming an issue again. It's just one line of the anthem and only a few words, mind you. Why? Let's see if we can find out.
Most Canadians know which line needs the alteration but here it is for any who don't: "In all thy sons command." Do you get what the problem is? Anybody? You there sitting in that modern chair. Why would we change that line and what might we change it to?
"Me? Okay. Right. Well it should be changed because it's not entirely inclusive. Is it? Not really. Not at all, actually. It's not inclusive in the least."
No? How so?
"Well it says in, you know, "all thy sons" command. That leaves out daughters. It basically leaves out Canadian females. They're not there. But half the country are females. Christine Sinclair. Female. Great Canadian. Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. Great Canadian. Debbie Smith, Jas Singh. Great Canadians."
Who are Debbie Smith and Jas Singh?
"Debbie is my cousin. She's not a household name but she's a wonderful grade 2 teacher and she's really cool. She deserves to be represented, too. So does Jasminder. She teaches my kids skating and they love her. She needs to be included, too."
Okay. So what could we change it to then?
"How about 'in all of us' command? It's inclusive and the rhythm works; same amount of syllables. I mean, I don't really see a problem with making that alteration. It's minor and easy to remember and, well, if we're gonna get commanded by our country, then all of us should be commanded."
I see. So then it would be 'O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all of us command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise...' etcetera etcetera. Sounds good actually, sounds better even. But hey, you there, sitting in that faded and torn old chair. Why are you shaking your head no?
"Well grump grump grump. Tradition. Blah blah blah. It's best left alone. Grump grump grump. Silly feminists. Blah blah blah."
Huh. Well that is really not a very compelling argument. Like that argument totally sucks. So. Moving on. For all of you who prefer to get with a program that makes sense for every Canadian, here's a website you can go to help make the change to an inclusive Canadian national anthem:
The movement is supported by Margaret Atwood, a great Canadian writer, Sally Goddard, an educator who founded the Nicola Goddard Foundation in honour of her daughter, the first Canadian female killed in combat, and by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, our country's first and only-ever female Prime Minister. It's also supported by many, many other Canadians, both female and male, including yours truly.
So how about you?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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