Editor: It is interesting to note a resurgence of efforts to change the wording of O Canada. I think it is at least five years ago when I exchanged emails with Senator Vivienne Poy who was proposing to change the line “in all our sons command” to “in all of us command” Obviously the battle is still going on and, while I am not a “notable Canadian woman,” I encourage them to continue their campaign.
Do any of you recall singing O Canada at the beginning of the school day and at the beginning of a movie? And do you recall when and where you sang it recently?
The opening of concerts put on by the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra usually open with the anthem and I always sing “in all of us command” with great enthusiasm — but there are many people do not sing it at all now. And I wonder if our younger generation will grow up never knowing the words to our national anthem.
And for those who are protesting the change on the basis that it is sexist — this change would be inclusive and include women, men — and children.