Canadian anthem is now gender-neutral

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Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau works the crowd during Toronto's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada has made its 12th attempt to create a gender-neutral anthem. Introduced by the late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, the bill to reform O Canada passed the final House of Commons vote in June by an overwhelming margin of 225 to 74. Bélanger, who had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), was present for the Commons final vote, but passed away before the bill was passed. Local conservatives were against it, but they could not do anything. As a result, the bill passed with a near-unanimous voice vote. After 18 months of parliamentary debate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the bill’s transition into law. “Mauril’s bill to make O Canada gender neutral passed third reading in the Senate tonight – another positive step towards gender equality,” he wrote, adding the hashtag #inallofuscommand.

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