Poll Shows Support for Changing National Anthem
Prince George, B.C.- At the end of the month, Bill C-210 will be up for debate in the House of Commons. That Bill calls for a change to the Canadian National Anthem, removing the Phrase “In all thy sons command” and replacing it with “In all of us command”.
A new Mainstreet Research poll has found 62% of the 2,027 respondents, support the change. That’s up 4% from the same poll conducted a year ago
The polls was commissioned by “Sing All of Us” a national organization which advocates for a gender neutral English national anthem.
The private Members Bill is sponsored by the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, the MP for Ottawa-Vanier.
“As I said many times, there are numerous reasons we would want to sing ‘in all of us command’. We love our country and all of its people. Our anthem is important to us, and we want it to clearly include every Canadian. All of us are proud to sing ‘O Canada’, and ‘O Canada’ should embrace all of us,” said M.P. Bélanger.
The numbers show solid support for this initiative: 62% of Canadians agree with this change, an increase of 4% from 2015, only 19% disagree. Most Canadians (54%) were not aware the anthem had been previously changed.
“O Canada” officially became Canada’s national anthem on July 1st, 1980, a century after it was first unofficially sung, on June 24th, 1880. The French version was written in 1880 and has remained unchanged.
The English version of “O Canada” was slower to take root. The English lyrics written by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir in 1908 became the most widely used. It is interesting to note that the phrase “True patriot love
thou dost in us command” were in the 1908 lyrics. In 1913, in the lead-up to the Great War, this wording was replaced by “True patriot love in all thy sons command.”