Jan 31, 2018
By Michael Kramer
The Senate has passed a bill to make the country’s national anthem more gender neutral – fulfilling the dying wish of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger.
Final approval has been given to the legislation – which would change the second line of the anthem from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”
The legislation now requires formal royal assent before it becomes law.
Belanger pushed the legislation for years – but it took on far greater urgency after he was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease – following the 2015 federal election.
The Commons passed the bill in June 2016 while the ailing Belanger was in the House.
The longtime Liberal died just over two months later.