The Canadian Senate has officially passed a bill making the national anthem gender neutral.
The update, which has been in the works for some time, will change the anthem’s words from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command”.
Since 1980, 12 bills have been introduced in the House to change the anthem, stripping it of what some say is a discriminatory gendered reference. This latest round went through 18 months of debate before it was officially passed. All it needs now is the Governor General’s final approval.
The new anthem will likely make its official debut at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang later this month.