I understand the government is contemplating changing the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem to make it more gender neutral. Well, I can understand that. I’m actually not really sure what that line “true patriot love in all thy son’s command” really means anyhow. But if we’re going to open the pandora’s box around changing the anthem, I’d like to propose we go for a bigger change.
There is a Canadian tune that stops me in my tracks every time I hear it. It transports me across this land and drops me in the woods. It’s spring, a new season, a fresh start. The snow is still on the ground in the woods but I can smell spring in the air. Instead of messing about with the lyrics of our current anthem, I suggest we adopt a new tune altogether. The sap is flowing. There’s not much time. Let’s make Maple Sugar by the late great Ward Allen the new Canadian national anthem.
Here it is….