A Canadian Member of Parliament from Ottawa is encouraging Canadians to sing a gender neutral version of the country’s anthem during Canada Day celebrations that happens on July 1.
According to the CBC, Mona Fortier, who is part of – surprise – the Liberal Party, said she is disappointed Canada hasn’t already officially adopted the gender-neutral version of the anthem.
“We could have sang [on] July 1 the new version if we wouldn’t have had the procedural tricks and political game playing with the bill,” she said, in reference to C-210, which passed along party lines in Canada’s House of Commons last year but has yet to be approved by the Senate.
Nonetheless, the CBC quotes Fortier as stating, “I will be singing it. I’ve been singing it since last year.”
She further encouraged other Canadians to sing the gender-neutral anthem, stating that she’s already noticing more and more young Canadians doing so.
A couple Canucks commenting on the CBC’s article appear to be in agreement with Fortier.
For the most part, however, people aren’t feeling it – and for good reason.
Conservative Canadian politicians (yes, they exist) have been very outspoken against changing the anthem.
“If we’re going to get politically correct,” the CBC quotes Newfoundland and Labrador MP David Wells as stating, “will it go beyond that? Will it talk about references to God in the anthem? These are part of our traditions. We can blanch everything with a political correctness view, but I think at that point we start to lose some of the richness that our culture has.”
“Political correctness is the flavor of the day,” he continued. “Ensuring that we have the right colours or we have the right elements to make everyone happy or to represent everyone.”
The Guardian, meanwhile, states that some Conservatives argue that ordinary Canadians have not had their voices heard concerning whether or not the national anthem should be gender-neutral.