With Justin Trudeau at the helm as Canada’s prime minister, the country is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged leftist utopia where no one is offended. Canada’s Senate has passed a bill that removed one word from the country’s national anthem to make it gender-neutral and Trudeau has called it “another positive step towards gender equality.”
Since 1914, Canadians have been singing O Canada with these lyrics:
O Canada! / Our home and native land! / True patriot love in all thy sons command
Sorry we gave you no trigger warning before you read “thy sons.” Apologies.
Now the lyrics say: “In all of us command.”
The bill was debated in the Senate for the last 18 months and finally passed this week. CNN states that the governor general must give a “royal assent” for it to become law. Conservative members of the government criticized the passage, calling it “anti-democratic” and “disappointing” that “Liberals changed [the] national anthem.”
Some Canadian citizens jumped on Twitter to say they are “NOT changing the way” they sing O Canada.
According to Wikipedia, the debate over “thy sons” isn’t new and has been debated in the Canadian government before. Also, the tune’s one reference to God has been found offensive by secular groups and also "native land" has been an issue for some. However, most citizens are fine with the lyrics as is and so they’ve remained until now.
Robert Stanley Weir penned the lyrics in 1908. In his original version, the lyrics were “in all of us command” but in 1914, he changed the line to “thy sons command." The song became the official anthem of the country in 1980.