The great white north. (Anja Stnsc / Instagram)

A bill passed third reading in parliament on Wednesday that will change two words in the Canadian anthem.

Bill C-210 will change the phrase “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command”, for a more gender-neutral wording.

New Canadian National Anthem

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

The bill was originally proposed by former Liberal MP Mauril Belanger in 2016, who was terminally ill and passed away last August.

O Canada was first composed in 1880 in French. Several English versions were translated in 1906, but the most popular version, written by Robert Stanley Weir, was written in 1908.

However, it wasn’t until 1980 that the first verse of Weir’s version was officially made Canada’s national anthem.

To read up on O Canada, and the numerous changes and edits that its undergone, check out the Government’s official history of the song.

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