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In a surprise move, in yesterday’s throne speech, the government proposed reviewing the lyrics of our national anthem, O Canada, in order to make them more gender–neutral.

An informal survey of the blogosphere seems to indicate that there are other national concerns that should take priority. My view is similar: I have no objections to changing the lyrics to make them more inclusive, but there are more pressing concerns that should be handled first. Perhaps there would be more time if Parliament wasn’t prorogued all the time…

And speaking of O Canada, did you know that the original English poem (not the anthem, there are no other verses) has additional verses?

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Update (2010-03-04): Cancel that. No changes are happening.

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