Rewriting Canada’s national anthem

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:

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About Sean Bailey
Social media specialist who also happens to be a tech geek that's addicted to reading, movies, music, sports and coffee. Anything said on this blog is my opinion (obviously).

2 Responses to Rewriting Canada’s national anthem

  1. caroraspeaksout says:

    That’s crazy news! Of course, scrap the whole thing and let’s acknowledge the ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples throughout North America. Nationalism itself is offensive!
    Good post! Thanks, J

  2. The Unofficial Revised Cananthem

    O Canada! Our Home and cherished land!
    True patriot love in all us thou command.

    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!

    From far and wide, O Canada,
    we stand on guard for thee.
    Nous gardons notre terre glorieuse et libre!

    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee;
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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