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"MT @JillKrop “change lyrics to Canada’s national anthem ?”
@WilliamShatner “in ALL OF US command” works well. Let’s embrace it!"

Raffi Cavoukian, Troubadour, writer, children’s champion

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"As a Canadian immigrant, and as a woman, I love the words “all of us”,
and I would love to give voice to those words in our beautiful anthem.
O Canada — strong and free, for all of us."

Olivia Chow, former MP, Trinity–Spadina

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"If society is so unwilling to change two words in our anthem,
how are women supposed to campaign for bigger issues?"
#OurCanada #cdnfem

Sara Ostrowska, Editor-in-chief @TrentArthur

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"Restore Our Anthem. Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada."
#OurCanada

Sandra Hawken Diaz, VP at Canadian Women’s Foundation

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Words matter. Tell the Canadian gov't a national anthem that doesn't
recognize women has no place in Canada

Match International, Canadian organization that places women's rights and empowerment as central to
successful and sustained development in the Global South

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@Sudbury_Steve I wouldn’t disagree.
Also, great Canadian correction.
See we should change wording to reflect reality!

Robert Kiley, Green Party of Ontario
candidate for Kingston & The Islands. Christian activist.

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YES!! RT @YWCAToronto: Will you join @MargaretAtwood
@AKimCampbell for a gender-inclusive national anthem?
#OurCanada

Ann Decter, Writer, feminist, activist,
director of advocacy & policy at YWCA Canada.

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This is a no-brainer. All thy sons? Citisons? All of us, of course. Sing it loud and proud.
My wife, sisters, mom, nieces…us.
#OurCanada

Wayne Johnston, Canadian Author

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I support this change. One of my first recollections
of the anthem was non-inclusive ‘sons’.
#OurCanada

Ted Mallet, VP & Chief Economist,
Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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Canada was built on the actions of risk-takers women as well as men. This is our real heritage and it should be
reflected in the powerful instruments and symbols of national consciousness.
Gender differentiation in this context is a thing of the past.

Belinda Stronach, President and CEO of The Stronach Group, founder
and chair of the Belinda Stronach Foundation and a former Member of Parliament

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Our national anthem should reflect the women and men
who have led and sacrificed to shape our history
‘sing all of us’ is right about what needs to be done.

Senator Hugh Segal, Canadian Senator

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The momentum building to have our beloved national anthem reflect our reality is something we should all support, especially
when it is the original words we are trying to support. It turns out the original language of the 19th century spoke directly to the 21st,
so let’s unite our past to our future and let’s do it. Now!

John Fraser, Master of Massey College

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Canada is just two words away from an
anthem of equality and inclusion.
This is our chance to reflect all our nation’s people.

Ramon Lumpkin, PhD, President and
Vice-Chancellor Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax

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I very much support the campaign to change
the words of O Canada back to its gender neutral words. As much as possible in our society we should
strive to treat men and women as equals.

Paul Copeland, CM, LSM

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The time is right to make our National Anthem inclusive
with a simple return to the original lyrics.

Margie McCain, Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick

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Perhaps the best argument for bringing
O Canada into the 21st century is the fact that if
our government doesn’t do it, ordinary Canadians will.

Jonathan Kay, National Post

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Although Canada’s public schools are trying to eliminate sexism from the curriculum,
every morning when “O Canada” is sung in English,
half the population is effectively excluded

The New York Times, July 15, 1993

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In short, “O Canada” is neither a part of the Canadian Constitution, nor a holy relic
discovered in the Canadian Shield. It is, rather, a living document that has been changed to reflect the realities of Canadian
culture. Even its original authors recognized that.

The Huffington Post, May 24, 2013

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As a singer/songwriter, I can appreciate that words have power.
I’ve witnessed the way fans respond and identify
with lyrics that speak to them in meaningful ways.

Jully Black, singer

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My personal response when I sing the national anthem is that I do not sing that line.
It is my own silent protest. I am certain there are many other women who
protest that way.

Glenda Simms, president of the
Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Canada has a reputation as a country that respects equality of the sexes, and yet,our National Anthem leaves out more than 50% of our population
by mentioning only "sons" and not daughters. It should include all of "us." When immigrant women from oppressed countries
take the oath for their Canadian citizenship, and sing the National Anthem, they will be shocked that there is no equality in Canada either.

Dr. Vivienne Poy, Chancellor Emerita, University of Toronto, Author

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"Kudos to @MargaretAtwood for trying
to changeCanada’s awful national anthem.
But “sons” is just the beginning…"

Doug Saunders, International-Affairs Columnist,
The Globe and Mail

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"@MargaretAtwood So behind your quest to change
back the national anthem great call."
#Canadian #Egalitarian

Tamara Levitt, Founder of Begin Within Productions

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"MT @JillKrop “change lyrics to Canada’s natl anthem ?”
@WilliamShatner “in ALL OF US command” works well.
let’s embrace it!"

Raffi Cavoukian, Troubadour, writer, children’s champion

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"As a Canadian immigrant, and as a woman,
I love the words “all of us”, and I would love to give
voice to those words in our beautiful anthem.
O Canada — strong and free, for all of us."

Olivia Chow, former MP, Trinity–Spadina

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"If society is so unwilling to change two words in
our anthem, how are women supposed to
campaign for bigger issues?"
#OurCanada #cdnfem

Sara Ostrowska, Editor-in-chief @TrentArthur

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"Restore Our Anthem.
Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada."
#OurCanada

Sandra Hawken Diaz, VP at Canadian Women’s Foundation

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Words matter.
Tell the Canadian gov't a national anthem that doesn't
recognize women has no place in Canada

Match International, Canadian organization that places
women's rights and empowerment as central to
successful and sustained development in the Global South

Slide background

@Sudbury_Steve I wouldn’t disagree.
Also, great Canadian correction.
See we should change wording to reflect reality!

Robert Kiley, Green Party of Ontario
candidate for Kingston & The Islands. Christian activist.

Slide background

YES!! RT @YWCAToronto: Will you join @MargaretAtwood
@AKimCampbell for a gender-inclusive national anthem?
#OurCanada

Ann Decter, Writer, feminist, activist,
director of advocacy & policy at YWCA Canada.

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This is a no-brainer. All thy sons?
Citisons? All of us, of course.
Sing it loud and proud.
My wife, sisters, mom, nieces…us.
#OurCanada

Wayne Johnston, Canadian Author

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I support this change. One of my first recollections
of the anthem was non-inclusive ‘sons’.
#OurCanada

Ted Mallet, VP & Chief Economist,
Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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Canada was built on the actions of risk-takers
women as well as men. This is our real heritage and
it should be reflected in the powerful instruments
and symbols of national consciousness.
Gender differentiation in this context is a thing of the past.

Belinda Stronach, President and CEO of The Stronach Group, founder
and chair of the Belinda Stronach Foundation and a former
Member of Parliament

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Our national anthem should reflect the women and men
who have led and sacrificed to shape our history
‘sing all of us’ is right about what needs to be done.

Senator Hugh Segal, Canadian Senator

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The momentum building to have our beloved national
anthem reflect our reality is something we should all
support, especially when it is the original words
we are trying to support. It turns out the original
language of the 19th century spoke directly to the 21st,
so let’s unite our past to our future and let’s do it. Now!

John Fraser, Master of Massey College

Slide background

Canada is just two words away from an
anthem of equality and inclusion.
This is our chance to reflect all our nation’s people.

Ramon Lumpkin, PhD, President and
Vice-Chancellor Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax

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I very much support the campaign to change
the words of O Canada back to its gender neutral words.
As much as possible in our society we should
strive to treat men and women as equals.

Paul Copeland, CM, LSM

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The time is right to make our National Anthem inclusive
with a simple return to the original lyrics.

Margie McCain, Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick

Slide background

Perhaps the best argument for bringing
O Canada into the 21st century is the fact that if
our government doesn’t do it,
ordinary Canadians will.

Jonathan Kay, National Post

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Although Canada’s public schools are trying to
eliminate sexism from the curriculum,
every morning when “O Canada” is sung in English,
half the population is effectively excluded

The New York Times, July 15, 1993

Slide background

In short, “O Canada” is neither a part of the Canadian
Constitution, nor a holy relic discoveredin the
Canadian Shield. It is, rather, a living document that
has been changed to reflect the realities of Canadian
culture. Even its original authors recognized that.

The Huffington Post, May 24, 2013

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As a singer/songwriter,
I can appreciate that words have power.
I’ve witnessed the way fans respond and identify
with lyrics that speak to them in meaningful ways.

Jully Black, singer

Slide background

My personal response when I sing the national anthem
is that I do not sing that line.It is my own silent protest.
I am certain there are many other women who
protest that way.

Glenda Simms, president of the
Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Slide background

Canada has a reputation as a country that respects equality of
the sexes, and yet,our National Anthem leaves out more than 50%
of our population by mentioning only "sons" and not daughters.
It should include all of "us."
When immigrant women from oppressed countries take the oath for
their Canadian citizenship, and sing the National Anthem,
they will be shocked that there is no equality in Canada either.

Dr. Vivienne Poy, Chancellor Emerita, University of Toronto, Author