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Poets should aid O Canada: Dispute over words of anthem shows us as a land of sore losers (Edmonton Journal)

Edmonton Journal
March 3, 2002

Susan Riley


Poets should aid O Canada: Dispute over words of anthem shows us as a land of sore losers


There are no logical arguments against changing the lyrics to our national anthem so that women are included -- no dire economic, military or social repercussions -- so defenders of the status quo resort to ridicule.

How trivial, they say, to fret about a marginal issue like song lyrics, although, apparently, it isn't trivial to spend effort and time arguing against the proposed editing change to O Canada, a change that would replace "in all our sons command" with "in all of us command." (The ever-aggrieved Liberal Senator Anne Cools is preparing the charge.)

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