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”…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Just out of curiosity, how many Canadian women have died in combat since Canada was granted her independence?

    • Alain

      Exactly! It has been men to gave their blood and lives to defend the freedoms we now all enjoy, which actually is normal. The Red Star is an insignificant marxist rag and does not decide Canadian policy.

      • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

        It better not decide Canadian policy. I don’t see a name to the editorial. Maybe it’s because I’m seeing RED!

    • Petrilla

      I do not know how many died, but I do know that many have served, and provided medical help as nurses and as volunteers provided comfort. The women volunteers have only recently been honoured around the world for their service. I am fortunate that I did know one WW1 veteran as a child and she left me a few mementos which I treasure. Women have always served as part of our armies. Bravely, selflessly, as a call to duty, to serve with young men, to suffer with them. Today’s so called feminists preaching safely from their Ivory Towers who wouldn’t have their precious smartphone fingers drenched in blood, and wading in blood as high as their miniskirts, as these early feminist soldiers did, should be educated and humbled as these nurses were. I will sing O Canada according to the latest revision and then say. Enough. Sing our anthem and remember who died and those who cared for them. To the latest revisionists of O Canada, shut up. Finally!!! Enough!!!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I’m sure Canadian women are the paragon of womanhood, however, their sacrifice might not approach that of her men.
        That’s my point.
        When you start dying in equal numbers, you can have equal billing in “Oh Canada”.

    • Minicapt

      The question is not whether Canadian women have died in the service of our country, the question is when will we stop letting special interests from inserting their private wishings into our public treasures.
      We could return “The Maple Leaf Forever” to its former prominence.


    • Frances

      Nicola Goddard, for one. But a woman doesn’t have to actually bear arms to die in combat, so to speak. Think WW II when the Germans were targeting the radar stations and the air bases: a lot of women died then. Others died when ships were bombed: my mother was a nurse and a fellow grad (then an RN) survived a ship bombing during WW II; a lot of others on board didn’t.

      That being said, I TOTALLLY reject any motion to change our national anthem. In fact, I’d like to go back to the version I learned in Childhood. Though, when I’m feeling particularly Bolshie, I will sing the French version as it’s SOOO Christian.

  • eMan14

    City council… stop wasting your time with this crap.

  • Petrilla

    Oh shut up with this crap again, why do you idiot feminists who have many more things to worry about like fgm and honour killings by our new Muslim immigrants, always revert to safe topics like this? You have been giving real feminists a bad name. Most young Canadian women are quite happy. Shut up and sing O Canada with pride the way it is written, finally after having been changed enough. Shut up and sing, Canada is sick of you. And I hope you quietly say in your mind’s eye, how lucky and blessed you are in this nasty world.

  • mauser 98

    what Toronto city councillors really want to say is is anthem is “too white”
    sexist term a diversion…give it a year

  • Ron MacDonald

    TorStar can go forth and multiply.

    • JoKeR

      I always figured Haroon was a hermaphradite.

      That should make it easy for he/she.

  • Progressive Liberal

    That is still not good enough because it doesn’t make up for the eurocentric patriarchial system we must shake off the shackles of.

    It should be rewritten as “in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transexual, interested, queer, questioning, two-spirited, other abled and people of colour’s command”.

    The straights must be excluded for the centuries of white privilege and oppression of the world!

  • Exile1981

    How about we stop changing society because some snowflake got there panties in a knot.

  • Maggat

    Enough, let us have “The Maple Leaf Forever”. The weird bunch can take O Canada and go what ever they want with it.

    • Why don’t they just revert to the French version of “O Canada” that bereft of male pronouns.

      Oh, but it’s Catholic.

      Maybe these wanks would prefer “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

  • UCSPanther

    Political correctness needs to be clocked in the head with a ball-peen hammer and buried…

  • Bataviawillem

    Wile we’r at it, maybe include the alphabet society to.

  • tom_billesley

    Daughters want to be commanded? News to me.

    • Maggat

      That would be daughters, wives and girl friends or whatever.
      The PC bunch are bound and determined to wreck this fine country, but, how do we combat them?