Canada is making a change to “O Canada” that will make the song more inclusive.
Instead of “in all thy sons command,” the song will instead say “in all of us command,” according to PinkNews. The bill passed the final House of Commons vote in June 225 to 74.
“Mauril’s bill to make O Canada gender neutral passed third reading in the Senate tonight – another positive step towards gender equality,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.
Notably, conservative Canadian representatives left the chamber to boycott the motion made for final vote.
“There’s been 30 years plus of activity trying to make our national anthem, this important thing about our country, inclusive of all of us,” Ontario Senator Frances Lankin said to the CBC. “This may be small, it’s about two words, but it’s huge… we can now sing it with pride knowing the law will support us in terms of the language.”
Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, who introduced the bill into law, passed away from ALS before she could see the change go into law.