Son sets on O Canada?

Are they serious?  This is goofiness of the highest order:

The phrase “In all thy sons command” has some women calling for a gender-neutral version, Industry Minister Tony Clement says, citing an email from a constituent.

What women?  Not this one.  If there was some massive campaign underway to make the national anthem more “gender-neutral”, I wasn’t aware of it, and wouldn’t have supported it if I had been.

This is nothing but a distraction — penny-ante bullshit that serves no purpose other than to offend Canadians and fill their hearts with loathing for all things feminist.   CPC stenographers are already hard at it, blaming their favourite whipping girls for this little outrage, when the whipping girls are for the most part just as surprised by it as anyone else.

Or maybe it’s the car keys jangled to get the dog’s attention away from the steak on the budget BBQ in advance of serving it up today.  Either way it’s brainless and puerile posturing, and I want no part of it other than to mock it.

UPDATE (Friday): That didn’t take long, eh?

26 Responses to “Son sets on O Canada?”

  1. 1 valiantmauz Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I wouldn’t object to s mall tweak to “in all of us command” if it weren’t such a transparent attempt to stir up the shit long enough for the Tories’ to drop another load into the toilet.

    Waiting for the splash.

  2. 2 JJ Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I wouldn’t object to removing any “god” references, but OTOH I don’t feel strongly about it either. My overall opinion about all of this O Canada stuff is *yawn*. Pretty obvious what’s really going on.

  3. 4 Skinny Dipper Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Maybe Harper should sell “O Canada” to CTV. Then, the CBC can have a $100,000 competition for a new national anthem.

  4. 5 Janus Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I had a few minutes to waste, so I did a little reading up on it.

    First, the original lyric was in french, so the English is a translation. And in order to fit the rhyme and meter, certain parts of the English translation already do not match the original lyric. So, yeah, it could be rewritten.

    But. Apparently the original line was, “…thou dost in us command…”:

    The language is a little stilted, but it’s at least grammatically correct. And it scans.

  5. 6 sassy Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    SHORT & SWEET – they could change it to my name and they still wouldn’t get my vote.

    Poo Poo caca dunny, how cheap and dumb do they think we are?????

  6. 7 Joel Klebanoff Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    You are absolutely right. This is not about gender-equality; this is about trying to change the channel on the Harper Government’s continuing pattern of contempt for our democratic institutions and to change the channel on the other problems that Canada faces. Raising the question of the wording of the anthem is just a cynical attempt to do that.

  7. 8 Bleatmop Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    You guys already said it all. Pure quintessential Harper Distraction Technique (TM). Most people don’t give a damn, but they sure are trying to make us. I think the opposition should do a actual yawn on this one then change the subject immediately to something Canadian care about, like jobs, or a massive deficit on the back of a 2% gst reduction.

  8. 9 Cliff Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Oh it’s about gender equality all right, distracting from the Tories real record on gender equality squashing pay equity with empty symbolism that doesn’t cost their buddies in big business anything.

  9. 10 leftdog Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Perhaps we should modernize to the 21st Century:

    “Yo Canada”
    ‘In all yo Peeps command’

  10. 11 Howie51 Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Non-thinkers might be distracted by this shit from the important issues facing Harper and his cons. He might even succeed in making it look sensible, while redneck country & western music plays in the background. Was that a banjo and I guitar I heard?

  11. 12 smelter rat Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6:46 am

    It’s not like anyone actually sings the friggin thing anyway, so who really cares?

  12. 13 Cornelius T.Zen Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
    Move along, move along, show’s over, nothing to see here!
    Look over there! Liberals! New Democrats! Al Queda! Mark Tewsberry! Gays! Women! Natives! Muslims! The CBC!
    Nothing up my sleeves! SHAZAM!
    Don’t look at the finger, look at the moon!
    Believe me, Harpoon, you are No David Copperfield – CTZen

  13. 15 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Skinny Dipper – If they are going to change the lyrics, I think all Canadians should have a shot at re-writing it, or at least writing a new verse to add on 😛

  14. 16 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Janus – “Thou dost in us command” was indeed the original lyric, changed for who knows what reason… probably because the original doesn’t trip off the tongue as easily as “in all thy sons command”.

  15. 17 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    sassy – I don’t think they’re kidding themselves that this would get them any votes. It’s a distraction, nothing more.

  16. 18 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Joel – “Changing the channel” is a good way of putting it. Or “Look up there! Halley’s Comet!” might be another way.

  17. 19 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Bleatmop – I have no idea why they’d even need to make a distraction, since from all appearances there’s nothing earth-shaking in the budget. Same tax and spend conservatism as ever 😆

  18. 20 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    leftdog – Or how about “D’oh! Canada” 😉

  19. 21 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm


    Was that a banjo and I guitar I heard?

    Dueling banjoes! 😯

  20. 22 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    smelter rat – Coming off of the most anthem-singing two weeks in the last decade, it’s obvious that they’re striking while the iron is hot. Any other time nobody would care. It would still be a dumb idea, but people wouldn’t be as outraged about it.

  21. 23 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    CTZen – The funny thing is, there’s nothing so outrageously different about the new budget from the previous ones, at least from the liberal commentary I’ve seen. Certainly Iggy didn’t think it was worth going to the polls over (surprise surprise).

  22. 24 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    brebis – Ha! Thanks for the link, that’s great.

  23. 26 JJ Friday, March 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Rob F – Haha! For sure. It was pretty obvious that the proposal would die quickly, once the budget was over with.

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