Parliament is getting ready to vote on a “gender neutral change” to the national anthem.
The private members’ bill, launched by Liberal MP Mauril Belanger would change the words “In all thy sons command” to “In all of us command”.
Speaking on the Ryan Jespersen Show, Edmonton Centre Liberal MP Randy Boissonault says the change isn’t something new to O Canada.
“It would surprise a lot of people to know, but our national anthem has only actually been our officially national anthem since 1980. And since adopting the words originally as a country in the 1900s, the English words have changed no fewer than five times,” said Boissonault.
“What’s important, and the reason that the government is supporting is because it aligns with our commitment to gender neutrality; You’ve seen that in Prime Minister Trudeau’s gender-balanced cabinet and you’ve seen it in our principles.”
Boissonault says this is the second time Belanger has put this bill forward.
“He’s been working on this for the better part of 15 years. This is the last piece of legislation that Mauril will likely see.”
Since being diagnosed with ALS last fall, Belanger is confined to a wheelchair and has lost his ability to speak.
Boissonault says parliament will vote on the bill on Wednesday and, if it passes, then it will head to the senate. (djs)