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This article was published 5/3/2010 (4244 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
OTTAWA - Canadians dost complain too much.
Less than two days after announcing plans to review the lyrics of O Canada in pursuit of more gender neutral wording, the federal government has kicked the plan to the curb.
"We offered to hear from Canadians on this issue and they have already spoken loud and clear," said Dimitri Soudas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesman. "They overwhelmingly do not want to open the issue. The Government will not proceed any further to change our national anthem."
In the throne speech Wednesday the Harper government announced plans to have Parliament review the "original gender neutral wording" of O Canada.
That version had the line "thou dost in us command" instead of "in all thy sons command."
Since the announcement came Thursday, phone lines into MPs offices and radio-call-in shows have lit up with angry Canadians, and a number of cabinet ministers and MPs spoke out against the idea including Tony Clement, Peter MacKay and Manitoba’s Rod Bruinooge.
Lyric loyalists also quickly took to Facebook with at least half a dozen groups created, including 1,569 members of "Canadians for keeping the national anthem the way it is," 1,431 members of "O Canada Don’t Change MY National Anthem," and 1,863 members of "The Current Wording of O Canada."