Canada's Senate voted yesterday to make the country's national anthem gender-neutral by deleting the word "sons" and changing it for "us."
The Senate voted for the change in “O Canada” after a Tuesday evening motion from Senator Frances Lankin led to a final vote on Bill C-210. The Bill seeks to change the exhortation “true patriot love in all thy sons command” to “true patriot love in all of us command.”...
According to Canada’s National Post, Lankin’s surprise move led Conservative Senator Leo Housakos to accuse her of “the most Draconian step taken in the history of this place.” Conservative Senator Don Plett wanted to debate the motion, but found it was too late.
“The Tories’ immediate reaction was to perceive collusion between the speaker and Justin Trudeau appointees to shut down dissenting opinions,” the Post reported.
Housakos criticized the way the vote took place as a "trampling upon democracy."
“If this is Justin Trudeau’s Senate, we are certainly trampling upon democracy. And we’re putting the government on notice today, with not being in there, that we are not going to tolerate this any further,” he said. “Today it’s on this particular bill. What’s next?,” he said.
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