Graduate of the Radio and Television Arts Program & Media junky. Wife of a soldier, mother of two. Driver, maid, mediator, judge, jury, parole officer, crisis negotiator. Dont confuse your rank with my authority!
So for most of us Canadian might have heard that they are looking into changing the national anthem.
You've heard it 14 times during the Olympics and now during a throne speech Wednesday in Parliament, Governor General Michaelle Jean said to the Conservatives would ask Parliament "to examine the original gender-neutral English wording of the national anthem."
The part of the lyrics in question is: "True patriot love in all thy sons command."
The Conservatives would like to have that part change to an earlier version of the anthem written by Stanley Weir in 1908": "True patriot love thou dost in us command,".
Many believe that the discussion of the national anthem is only coming up now as a smoke screen for the up coming presentation of this year's budget. Other's feel that the anthem not being gender-neutral is something that should concern Canadian because of it's human rights issues.While some say that the change is meant to include women in our national anthem, however, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff believes that there are other ways to support women than changing the lyrics of a century old anthem.
Here's my two cents.
What issues do we have here? All over the world people are hearing our national anthem, the pride that we as a nation had during the Olympics and beyond. There is no need to have the government spend money to have the anthem changed.
Everyone can sing the anthem how ever they want, but why do have to go old school in this? " Thou dost in us command"? Who is going to sing the 1908 version?
And if we are going to go gender-neutral, why not go further and change the religious part of the anthem "God keep our land,"? Canada is well know for it's multicultural nation. What about the Jewish faith, Muslims, Buddhist?
As a woman, I don't feel left out of the anthem. I believe in my country and love it no matter what the lyrics of the anthem said. The government is taking away from the real issues that need to be addressed.
If someone's feel offended by the lyrics they can change the words themselves, the government doesn't need to go and change it.