10 responses

  1. Lauren
    July 2, 2019

    In school we were taught that “in all thy sons command” was a reference to the many fallen men who fought in the wars. If tat was the case why are we changing it?


  2. Andrea Phillips
    January 3, 2018

    We need an updated Oh Canada anthem. Much the same, but words and music could be tweked. It’s time. Any writers out there?


  3. Glen Tupling
    July 2, 2017

    I am sick and tired of our concern to be politically correct. It took us over 100 years to decide on our national anthem. If you don’t like it, don’t sing it. There is not another country in the world where this discussion would get any air time. Buzz off and leave it alone!


  4. Clint
    March 29, 2017

    I like how earlier versions have references to God, really showing our Christian heritage. Now most of our society is sinical to the Christian faith. I say leave it the way it is. At least we have “God keep our land” in it.


  5. sue
    February 24, 2017

    Keep it the way it was written – it is a part of our heritage


  6. William Foster
    July 2, 2016

    We get the point about changing from “sons” to “us”. Aside from that, folks are becoming more uncertain and will turn to quietly not singing when in doubt. Our closest allies make zero changes. Where is our maturity?

    On another universal principle (with maturity), all people should have all our words of freedom in any language. Everyone should be encouraged to pick their own language of the world, and sing the Canadian Anthem all through. If you must spend public dollars with another change project, make the anthem universally understood. That would be appropriate and probably needed by those who want to be free without infringing on the exclusivity of having only two (2) official languages.

    Expecting people to sing in unison different versus in different languages is silly, an extreme idea. It won’t work. Already, people are seeing it displayed at the House of Commons in two languages and they think they are expected to follow suit. They can’t and they will drift away from it altogether.


  7. Joanne Schmidt
    June 29, 2016

    As a female, and mother of daughters and grandmother of girls, I do not feel the need to keep the line – “In all thy sons command” – Canadian citizens should be able to accept that in the 21st Century our citizens are from many backgrounds and male and female – if “patriot love” is only for “all of our sons” is the anthem suggesting that female Canadians, and perhaps also citizens those not born in Canada, do not have a love for Canada?
    “O Canada” has only been the official Canadian National Anthem since 1980 – so it isn’t as though complaining adults over age of 36 have been singing the song as an Anthem for very long!


  8. Elizabeth. Belshaw
    June 15, 2016

    I like the 1913 version In the 1950’s I remember an even different version , that we sang at school.
    I never liked the newest one


  9. Larry Glen Whitney
    May 8, 2016

    Leave it alone. It’s been changed at least twice in my life time! Why are we always being asked to give up our Canadian traditions?


    • Michael DesAulniers
      June 17, 2016

      What “Canadian traditions” are we giving up by changing lyrics in a song, that have been changed many times in the past?


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