O'Canada, the original lyrics
Oct 1, 2013 / 6:50 am
A group of notable Canadian women are launching a campaign to bring back the original English lyrics of O Canada.
The group — which includes author Margaret Atwood and former prime minister Kim Campbell — has set up a website to promote the idea of restoring the national anthem to its original gender neutral language.
The group is calling on Canadians to join the campaign and encourage Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to change the line "in all thy sons command" back to "thou dost in us command."
RestoreOurAnthem.ca is being launched on the 100th anniversary of the change made to Judge Robert Stanley Weir's original English lyrics.
The coalition says the lyrics were revised in 1913 for no documented reason.
Other members of the group include Senator Nancy Ruth, retired senator, author and fashion designer Vivienne Poy and Sally Goddard, mother of Nichola Goddard, the first female Canadian soldier killed in combat.
"The words 'All thy sons command' in the English national anthem suggests that only male loyalty is being invoked," said Atwood.
"Restoring these lyrics to gender-neutral is not only an easy fix to make our anthem inclusive for all Canadians, but it's also long overdue."
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