"in all OF US command"

Thursday, 01 February 2018 08:41 MH
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The Senate has passed a bill to make the national anthem more gender neutral.

The move fulfills the dying wish of Liberal M-P Mauril Belanger, who developed the fatal disease A-L-S.

Yesterday, the Senate gave its final approval to the legislation to change the phrase “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”

The legislation now only requires formal royal assent before it becomes law.

Belanger pushed the legislation for years, but it took on greater on far greater urgency after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, following the 2015 federal election.

The Commons passed the bill June 2016, with the ailing Belanger in the House.

The longtime Liberal died just over two months later.

(The Canadian Press)

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