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Several notable Canadian women -- including Gail Asper -- want the words to O Canada changed to something more gender-neutral. This had many of our readers singing an angry tune.


Hogwash. It was all thy sons that did the fighting and dying for this country, leave it be. Plus, how about "our home on conquered land" instead? It's no longer native land.

-- Dyskinetic Andre


When does it end? This is absolutely ridiculous. The U.S. government is in shutdown, Africa is a mess and our health-care spending is out of control, so how is the lyrical content of the national anthem a government priority? When are people going to get it? Changing lyrics or passing bills does not make us equal. Those steps do nothing to change people's mentality or judgments. The national anthem does not define us as a country and the lyric debate is not fair.

-- geordiegirl


Here's an idea. Everyone make up their own lyrics and sing whatever they want.

Some people have way too much time on their hands.

-- beekpr1


Oh brother! (Oops, sorry... didn't mean to exclude all the sisters out there...)

-- 22685237


I have don't sing the anthem because it's nothing but an attempt to further nationalism, which I don't think is a positive.

They should stop singing it at sporting events, for example, because it's nothing but a waste of time and a gigantic pain.

-- threee


"If Ottawa says it's OK to exclude women in the national anthem, they could take it to mean it's OK to exclude women from the workplace or the boardroom."

If you think that "in all thy sons command" is what's responsible for keeping women out of the boardroom, maybe you shouldn't be IN a boardroom.

-- Graymalkin


This is ridiculous! I'm a woman and I roll my eyes at these debates whenever they come up. Just like the uproar with the U of W Wesmen sports teams issue a while back.There are more important things to worry about.

A quote on CTV last night had a guy say something along the lines of, "If they're going to change the lyrics to O Canada, they may as well change Manitoba to Person-a-toba." Bravo, sir!

-- Maggie02


There is more than one definition of the word "son."

"Son: a person closely associated with or deriving from a formative agent (as a nation, school, or race)." -- Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Notice it says "person." Can't get more gender neutral than that.

Seriously, Gail, if this is what gets you torqued off, then you have way too much time and money on your hands!

-- quitemad


If you keep changing the anthem to suit every interest group, you will wind up with a national anthem that is so watered down it becomes generic.

-- Dogday Aft


There are many women's groups in Winnipeg working to stop persecution and violence against women around the world. That doesn't mean that they can't also work toward other causes. It is important to work globally and locally to improve our world for all. Nothing is mutually exclusive.

-- Workingforabetterworld


The meaning of the Hebrew world B'nai B'rith is Sons of the Covenant. Should the Jewish human rights organization change its name as well, Gail?

-- WpgTriniman


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2013 A10

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