The Canadian Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that will make its national anthem gender-neutral.
The legislation will change the O Canada lyric “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”
There have been 12 bills introduced in the Canadian legislature to make the change since 1980, but all attempts failed until Wednesday’s vote. The bill was introduced in 2016 by Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, who died two months after the bill passed the Commons that year.
On Wednesday night, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the bill’s passage via Twitter.
Mauril’s bill to make O Canada gender neutral passed third reading in the Senate tonight – another positive step towards gender equality. #inallofuscommand
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 1, 2018
Although the bill had support from liberals and independents, some conservatives said any changes to the national anthem should be put to a referendum.