2016 February 17. O Canada! Yet Again. Today the Hamilton Spectator had another letter as follows:
To these politically correct politicians and readers who want to change who we are and what makes Canada Canada, such as readers who want to change the national anthem, just STOP IT!
Well, what am I to think of this sentiment? Am I politically correct? I know many who would say I am not. Is wanting the anthem to stop excluding women being politically correct? I don’t think so. Is Canada only Canada if it reflects the thinking of fifty years ago? I don’t think so. I rather think this is a tempest in a teapot, certainly compared to the debate the country had when a new flag was introduced in 2015, Canada’s first national flag. Before that time, the flag was the Union Jack, British emblem, or the Red Ensign, a modified version of the flag of the British merchant fleet. In the debates about the flag, some wanted to cling to the colonial origins while others fiercely wanted to move past that. Many people told Prime Minister Pearson that he was dividing the country, but Pearson did not STOP IT. The new flag was first flown on 15 February, 1965. (See the Canadian Encyclopedia at http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/flag-debate/ for more information on the flag debate.)
Should I continue to sing “True patriot love in all of us command” or should I STOP IT?
Tell me what you think.