7 Mar 2010

National anthem change dropped

5:49 am on 7 March 2010

Canada has dropped a proposal to change the country's national anthem by making it more gender-inclusive.

The government had said it was open to changing a lyric in O Canada - "in all thy sons command" - to the original version, "in thou dost us command".

Opposition Liberals said the proposed change was merely a gimmick that proved the Conservatives were not serious about women's rights.

The BBC reports public outcry was so strong that Prime Minister Stephen Harper dropped the idea after two days.