Canadians of all genders have reason to feel a swelling sense of national pride today, after poiticians voted to change the wording of the Canadian national anthem to make it gender-neutral.
The bill, which was introduced by Liberal MP Mauril Belanger and passed by members of the Canadian parliament 225 to 74, changes the lyrics of "O Canada" from "true patriot love, in all thy sons command" to "true patriot love, in all of us command".
Christine Moore, a democratic member of parliament, told MRC-TV that changing the wording of the song would have a large and positive impact.
"It is not a big change, and there will not be a big difference in the national anthem, but the difference is significant for woman all across Canada," she said.
Canada is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women having the right to vote, and "it would be nice if we stopped excluding women from their national anthem," said MP Greg Fergus.
The vote, which still requires approval by the senate before it becomes law, follows a May 2016 study which showed that 62 per cent of Canadians are in favour of re-wording the anthem.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly called himself a feminist and made history by appointing a gender-balanced cabinet when he was elected in October.
After the vote was passed, lawmakers stood in the House of Commons and sang English and French versions of the "O Canada", which was originally composed in 1880 in French and adopted as the national anthem in 1980.