Kamloops MP votes no to change O Canada

By James Peters
June 16, 2016 - 11:31am Updated: June 16, 2016 - 2:24pm

OTTAWA, ON — Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod says she's not in favour of changing the national anthem, and neither are her constituents.

McLeod voted against the change from "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command."

"I've never sung our anthem and felt that it discriminated against me as a woman. We actually proposed it a number of years ago, and Canadians reacted very viscerally against this particular proposal a few years ago. Certainly within the polling I've done in our riding people were not interested in the change," explained MP McLeod.

McLeod adds she accepts that the bill passed the house, but is concerned with how it was fast-tracked.

The private member's bill was sponsored by Liberal MP Mauril Belanger, whose health is failing due to ALS.

"The greatest of compassion to Mauril, it was something that he was really looking forward to doing. I think when you are changing a symbol of Canada we should at least make sure that first of all, Canadians are aware, and second, that Canadians have had the opportunity to give feedback."

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