Rewriting Canada’s national anthem
March 5, 2010 2 Comments
There’s much discussion on the Internets, radio and TV about the Canadian Government taking a look into complaints about our national anthem. Yes, taxpayer money is being spent looking into and possibly changing our national anthem because of the line “True patriot love in all thy sons command”… okay well specifically the one word in that line – “sons“. They say it’s not inclusive enough to women – which on a certain level is true, but if we changed that, should we start making other changes? Maybe we should change the part where it says “God keep our land glorious and free!” because I’m sure a few people are offended by that – I don’t see that happening, though.
I’m not always the biggest supporter of nationalism, but Canadians just finished showing the world how we’re united and proud, singing our anthem at curling matches for goodness sake; what terrible optics this “debate” gives off.
Optics aside, we’re attempting to recover from one of the worst financial meltdowns ever, plus there are always those other pesky issues with poverty, health care or education that always demand attention and we’re focusing on verbiage in a song. Let’s move on and deal with things that actually matter.
Where do you stand on the national anthem debate?
For your added amusement (or pain) check out Classified’s version of Oh Canada. I hope this doesn’t end up becoming our national anthem – we can all agree on that, I’m sure: