CANADA: National Anthem To Go Gender-Neutral

The BBC reports:

The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that changes the text of the English-language version of the national anthem to make it gender-neutral. It now awaits royal assent by the governor general to become law.

The move is set to change the words “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” in the anthem, O Canada. The private member’s bill from 2016 had stalled in the Senate as Conservatives fought its passage, but it won approval on a voice vote on Wednesday.

The fight to change two words in the lyrics of O Canada has stirred a passionate debate. A similar plan was rejected in 2010 by the Conservatives, who then held the majority in parliament.