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The Women’s Centre expresses support for proposed change to “O Canada” lyrics

June 6th, 2016

Words are powerful, especially when they’re used in an anthem to unify a country and evoke feelings of national pride. “O Canada” has been sung by Canadians for years, but debate has been occurring recently around the reference to “all thy sons” in the famous song. Some people argue it’s time to change these lyrics and include everyone. A petition has been launched by Liberal MP for Ottawa—Vanier Mauril Belanger asking to replace “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command.”

The Women’s Centre, a student-run service supported by the Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo, supports Belanger’s petition to change the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem.

“To a centre run by a group of university students dedicated to making our community more inclusive, this makes sense,” said coordinators Rida Masood and Maria Morrone. “The change will allow for a gender-neutral anthem. The Centre believes this is a step in the right direction. We strongly feel this change reflects the values that are most important to Canadians; these values include equity, inclusivity and freedom. The Centre hopes that all Canadians will see the value of this important change.”

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About The Women’s Centre

Proudly governed by the Federation of Students, The Women’s Centre advocates for fair, indiscriminate treatment of women and celebrates the differences between the sexes. It is run entirely by student volunteers, and provides information and resources on sexuality and women’s health for undergraduates at the University of Waterloo. For more information, please visit

About the Federation of Students

With more than 30,000 full and part-time undergraduate students, the Federation of Students (Feds) is voice of undergraduate students of the University of Waterloo. Feds undertakes activities both on and off campus to serve, empower and represent students. Feds operates seven commercial services, six student-run services, oversees over 200 student clubs and societies, and Orientation Week. For more information, please visit