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Corrections Clarifications: A previous version of this story misstated the gender of the lawmaker who introduced the new bill and did not make clear that the previous Canadian flag only featured Britain’s Union Jack.
The Canadian Senate passed legislation to make the English version of the national anthem, O Canada, gender neutral.
There have been 12 bills aimed at removing the word from O Canada since it became the anthem in 1980, but none has been approved until now, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported.
The changes are opposed by some Conservative lawmakers. The English lyrics, written by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, have been changed before.
The latest bill, which was introduced by Liberal lawmaker Mauril B before his death in 2016, must be approved by the governor general the representative in Canada of the country’s monarch Queen Elizabeth II before it becomes law.
Mauril’s bill to make O Canada gender neutral passed third reading in the Senate tonight another positive step towards gender equality. February 1, 2018
Independent Ontario Sen. Frances Lankin, the bill sponsor, said she was very happy after the vote Wednesday.
“There’s been 30 years plus of activity trying to make our national anthem, this important thing about our country, inclusive of all of us,” she said, according to the CBC.
“This may be small, it’s about two words, but it’s huge,” she added. “We can now sing it with pride knowing the law will support us in terms of the language. I’m proud to be part of the group that made this happen.”
Conservative Manitoba Sen. Don Plett, who opposed the bill, said it should have been put to a referendum.
“Clearly, I’m disappointed,” he said, according to the CBC. “It’s been a long fight. I believe the Canadian public wanted a say in our national anthem, just like they had in the great Canadian flag debate. This is an issue for the Canadian public to decide, not just a couple of Independent senators.”
The lengthy and sometimes ugly flag debate started in 1963 when Canada decided to create its own flag, dividing the nation over the design. The previous flag featured the colonial power Britain’s Union Jack and the Canadian coat of arms. The Canadian flag bearing the maple leaf was eventually hoisted on Parliament Hill in 1965 after Canadians submitted thousands of designs.
Independent Quebec Sen. Chantal Petitclerc, a former Paralympian who won 14 wheelchair racing gold medals, spoke of what the change would mean for athletes taking part in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February and March.
“I had the privilege to be on the podium many times and I never had the chance to sing ‘In all of us command,'” she said, according to the CBC. “I can only imagine what they’ll feel when they’re on the step of that podium. It’s an amazing moment.”.