Most Canadians support a gender neutral national anthem, and would like to see it changed.
That’s according to a new poll that says 62% are for the lyrics “thy sons command” being replaced with “all of us” .
But is the change really anything new?
Mainstreet Research’s David Valentin says a private member’s bill from Liberal M.P. Mauril Belanger is closer to the anthem’s original lyrics, before they were changed in 1913.
But Valentin says the Conservatives are against the changes because they see it as a “slippery slope” towards making more changes affecting Canadian culture.
“We’re not talking about changing very much here, we’re talking about changing two words. There’s going to be a vote on just changing these two words, there’s not going to be a vote on anything else so it’s quite an interesting argument to make, it’s a nice academic argument to make but I don’t think it’s very useful.”
In British Columbia, Valentin says the research shows 57% prefer the words for “all of us”, while 24% would keep the anthem as is, “thy sons command”.