A controversial and unpopular change to O Canada has been stalled in the Senate.
The change – which would make the national anthem “gender-neutral” – was proposed by Trudeau government MP Mauril Belanger before he passed away in 2016.
The current anthem reads “in all thy sons command.” The changes would have the anthem read “in all of us command.”
A Forum Research poll for the Toronto Sun showed that 50% of Canadians opposed the new wording, while just 35% supported it. The bill is most supported by Liberals, while Conservatives are heavily opposed to it.
Conservative Senators have been fighting the bill, and have succeeded in slowing it down at least until the fall – when it may be defeated entirely.
“I’m trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate,” said Conservative Senator David Wells in an interview.
Added Wells, “I don’t misrepresent why I’m [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don’t like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn’t pass.”
A politically correct waste of time
Wells and other Senators are right to try and keep O Canada the same. Our National Anthem is great as is, and doesn’t need to be changed. This is yet another example of trying to re-write the past to adhere to modern political correctness. It’s a waste of time, and it risks taking away the history and traditions of our country.
Those in power should be focused on the serious problems facing Canadians, not trying to change history and re-write our National Anthem.