Canada Gets a Gender-Neutral National Anthem

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In an even more impressively progressive move, Canada’s MPs voted to change the lyrics in the third line of the country’s national anthem, “O Canada,” to be gender neutral. The House voted 225-74 in support of a bill introduced by terminally ill MP Mauril Bélanger. In a show of support, MPs sang “O Canada” after the lyrics were changed from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”

The change hasn’t been met without controversy, conservatives argued that the people of Canada haven’t been properly consulted. The Bill was rushed through because of Bélanger’s illness—he is currently battling ALS.

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