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Musical senator jumps on bandwagon to alter anthem (Edmonton Journal)

Edmonton Journal
March 10, 2002

Jack Aubry


Musical senator jumps on bandwagon to alter anthem


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Senator Anne Cools, who opposes the change to the anthem, commented after Banks spoke that the author of both English versions of O Canada in 1908 and 1913 are the same person -- Justice Weir of Montreal -- and asked Banks whether the 1913 version didn't deserve support because of its popular appeal.

Banks said he sings the lyrics as loudly as anyone, but he is not old enough to know which version was more popular back in the early 1900s.

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