Canada column for Sunday, Feb. 4/18
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
“O Canada,” the country’s national anthem, is going to be reworked to make it more gender neutral.
For the sake of political correctness, the Senate has approved a bill to change the second line of the anthem from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”
The change fulfills the dying wish of Liberal politician Mauril Belanger who had sought the change for years.
It gained more urgency when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and it was passed by the Commons two months before his death.
Also in a case of correctness, Halifax councillors decided to immediately remove a statue of Edward Cornwallis from a downtown park.
This followed protests to end the reverence of colonial figures as part of reconciliation with the country’s native people.
After a 12-4 vote, the bronze figure of Halifax’s contentious military founder was placed in storage until a decision is made on its fate.
Cornwallis is viewed by some as a brave leader while others say he was the commander of a bloody and barbaric extermination campaign against Mi’kmaq inhabitants.