Proposed law requires 'O Canada' to be sung before all domestic flights
A Winnipeg man has started a petition to make singing the national anthem mandatory before every flight within Canada. To find out more about the nationalistic proposal, our very own Peter Oldring spoke with the petition organizer, Trevor Randolph, over the phone.
Randolph, who is a big fan of Canada's national anthem, is concerned that the song is disappearing from public consciousness: "We used to sing it every day before class would begin. Those days are now gone," Randolph told This is That.
He argues that we're lucky to hear the song performed at televised sporting events and aren't being afforded enough opportunities to celebrate our national anthem. Therefore, he's proposing legislation that would legally require 'O Canada' be sung before every domestic flight in Canada.
Randolph is hoping to accrue enough signatures on his petition to demonstrate that there's "a mass consensus in this country that Canadians want to do this," he said. If he's able to establish that, then the government could create a law requiring airlines to comply.
The petition currently has 900,000 signatures and is quickly moving towards Randolph's goal. It appears that Canadians could soon be rising before their flights and joining the pilot in singing the national anthem.
To find out more about the petition, and how taxpayers will fund the additional expense of policing the new initiative, listen to the full story.