A majority of Canadians support a gender neutral national anthem, according to a new poll released Monday.
The poll, by Mainstreet Research and commissioned by Sing All of Us, suggests 62 per cent of Canadians would support changing the lyrics of O Canada to make the anthem gender inclusive.
Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger wants to change the English lyrics of O Canada to make the national anthem more gender neutral. His private member’s bill, C-210, would change a line in the English version of O Canada from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.” His bill is scheduled to be debated again on May 30.
The poll numbers indicate support for the changes, with 62 per cent of respondents agreeing with the change – up 4 per cent since 2015 – while 19 per cent disagree with the changes.
Sing All of Us is a national organization advocating for a gender neutral national anthem founded by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Sally Goddard, Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy, Margaret Atwood and the Hon. Senator Nancy Ruth.