Liberal MP Mauril Belanger is attempting an encore to have the English lyrics to O Canada changed to make the national anthem more gender neutral.
After Parliament resumes Monday, the veteran MP says he intends to table a private member’s bill that would alter the song to be more inclusive of all genders.
“I remain committed to proposing this legislative initiative. I intend to table my bill when the House of Commons resumes in late January 2016 and can expect to initiate the debate on the bill around April,” Belanger wrote on his Facebook page.
Balanger wants to change the line “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command,” as “sons” suggests patriotism is something exclusively felt by men.
The first time Belanger introduced the bill during the last session of Parliament in April, it was defeated 144-127 at the second reading, with most of the opposing votes cast by Conservative MPs.
Now that the Liberals have a majority government, the bill is expected to pass.
Belanger was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in November, nearly a month after the federal election. The passing of the bill would be a fitting legacy for him, as he hopes to “pay tribute to all women who have worked and fought to build and shape the Canada that we know today.”