Andrew Leslie Promises to Push An Anthem Change No One Wants

Again – why don’t the Liberals have a referendum instead of trotting a guy in a wheelchair?

Government whip Andrew Leslie says he will make sure a proposed bill that would render the national anthem gender-neutral will proceed.

Leslie made the remark Thursday after failing to obtain unanimous consent to become the bill’s sponsor when the Conservatives balked at the idea.

The legislation was tabled by Mauril Belanger, the longtime Ottawa-Vanier MP whose health has been deteriorating since his diagnosis last fall with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Bill C-210 aims to change the national anthem lyrics “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” to make the song gender-neutral. The bill would not have any impact on the French version of the anthem.

Belanger introduced his private member’s bill in January using a voice generator that converts text into computerized speech, the first time one had been used in the Commons.

The sponsor of a bill must be present in the Commons for the last debate before a third-reading vote on the bill.

Leslie could not say whether Belanger would be present in the Commons on Friday. He said the decision would be made by Belanger, his wife and his doctors.

  • Jaedo Drax

    O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
    Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

    Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
    Il sait porter la croix!

    Ton histoire est une épopée
    Des plus brillants exploits.

    Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
    Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

    Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

    not going to change that version… the translation of which goes something like this:

    O Canada! Land of our ancestors,
    Thy brow is wreathed with glorious jewels!

    Because your arm knows how to wear the sword,
    He can carry the cross!

    Your story is an epic
    With glowing.

    And your value, soaked faith
    Will protect our homes and our rights.

    Will protect our homes and our rights

    • This is the Catholic version. This will be done away with soon.

    • Canadian

      And your valour, tempered by faith.

  • ontario john

    Is this the Liberal strategy now to get bills passed. Bring some guy in who is dying and vote by guilt.

    • andycanuck

      On the bright side, they’ll eventually lose their majority that way!
      Woohoo! Go, Justin, go!

    • Liberals have ALWAYS exploited people and situations.

      Scum of the lowest order.

  • andycanuck

    BTW, here’s the Toronto Star‘s past position on this type of thing:

  • canminuteman

    Don’t care. The Maple Leaf Forever is my national anthem.

    • Justin St.Denis

      It is way, way more singable, that’s for sure.

  • Alain

    The Liberals thrashed our national tradition flag, replaced the anthem of The Maple Leaf Forever with O Canada that they now intend to make even more meaningless. I also just read that they are putting the lives of our military, Special Forces, in danger for the sake of a photo opt publishing the names, photos and details of the soldiers.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Canadian military stupidity is well known. As a dual citizen, I felt an obligation to serve in the US military. I was kicked out of a major Canadian university despite being at the top of my class because I did not have the money for my last year’s tuition. I received a scholarship from the leading American university in my field of study, so I rec’d my undergrad degree and stayed in for the MA program at their invitation. No Candian university or agency or government ever did anything for me. Joking the US military was my way of paying back my “other country” if you will. As it happened, my military career led to a very lucrative personal career in the private sector. But the Canadian military tried to get my expertise for over 15 years until they finally “connected the dots”.

      • Alain

        The situation I raised is not an example of Canadian military stupidity, but of the Liberal government with Justin only interested in looking as though he cares about our military. I also disagree with you on our military.

  • mauser 98

    Justine and gang do not give a damn about the anthem… they just want to rub changes in your face and kick you in the head… they get off on it

  • Minicapt

    Andrew Leslie was a gunner.