O not again! Toronto councillors want anthem rewrite

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:29 PM ET

TORONTO -- O Canada might be up for debate at the last city council meeting of the term.

Councillors Ceta Ramkhalawansingh and Pam McConnell want council to vote next week to ask the federal government to change Canada's national anthem to be "gender inclusive, thereby including all Canadians."

The "Sing All Of Us" campaign has been pushing for the change from the words "all thy sons" to "all of us" but council has yet to weigh in on the issue.

Ramkhalawansingh said the change makes sense.

"Half the population of the country is female and we ought to be included in our national symbols," she told QMI Agency Thursday.

She pointed out the original words of the song, written in 1908, were gender neutral. Back then, the phrase was, "thou dost in us command."

In her motion, Ramkhalawansingh argues the change keeps with the city's historic commitment to dealing with gender equality issues.


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