Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley isn't happy a private member's
bill to make O Canada more gender neutral has passed final reading in
the House of Commons.
However, he is more upset that another private member's bill – that
had the potential to save lives – didn't even get a chance for
“I'm not sure why there was a drive to trade something that's been
our national anthem,” he said, adding it’s only the English version
Bill C-210, introduced by Liberal MP Mauril Belanger, who is dying of
ALS, passed by a vote of 225-74 on Wednesday. The bill calls for
changing the second line in the national anthem from “in all thy sons
command” to “in all of us command.”
The governing Liberals were hoping to have a law passed so the anthem
could be changed in time for Canada Day, but that legislation may get
stalled in the Senate.
“Most people will sing it the way it is until the next generation
picks it up,” Shipley said of the change that will eventually be made to
the wording of the anthem.
He said the Liberals made the change for the wrong reason, saying the
bill was rammed through without having a chance to be taken to