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O Canada: Should we change the lyrics?

A group of notable Canadian women is launching a campaign for gender-neutral language in the English lyrics of O Canada.

O Canada - time to change the lyrics?

9 years ago
Duration 1:53
A prominent campaign wants to convince Canadians we should sing 'in all of us command' instead of 'in all thy sons command.'

A group of notable Canadian women is launching a campaign for gender-neutral language in the English lyrics of O Canada.

The group said the change would restore Canada's English national anthem to its original gender-neutral intentions.

The group — which includes author Margaret Atwood and former prime minister Kim Campbell — has set up a website to promote the idea.

It 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" to "in all of us command."

The official lyrics are:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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