TorStar: ‘O Canada’ should be amended: it’s sexist

Toronto’s city council may not be the best place to debate whether or not women feel included in our national anthem.

Council does, after all, have more than enough on its plate without sounding off on something that only the federal government can change.

Still, the issue has come up at City Hall in the form of a motion put forward last August by former interim city councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh and seconded by Pam McConnell, now deputy mayor.

It asks council to request – once again – that Ottawa change one line of O Canada to make it more gender-inclusive. As many others have suggested, and as city council itself requested as long ago as 1990, it recommends that the line “True patriot love in all thy sons command” be changed to “in all of us command”…

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