Category Archives: O Canada

O Canada, “Thou Dost in Us Command”


Senator Plett, a Conservative representing Manitoba, moved an amendment to the O Canada Bill on 18 May, which would still conform to the purpose of the bill (making the language gender neutral), but which would restore Robert Stanley Weir’s original … Continue reading

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“Thou Dost in Us Command”: Senate Considers Restoring Original Lyrics of O Canada


The upcoming issue of The Dorchester Review will include my article “O Canada and the Two Solitudes,” in which I review the history of the parliamentary debates on altering the lyrics to the English anthem, from 2002 to early 2017. … Continue reading

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The O Canada Bill: Third Reading Purgatory & Grammatical Pedantry


In my AP English class in 2004, I recall that several of my classmates protested against diagramming sentences on the erroneous and misplaced grounds that “Our boss will never ask us to diagram a sentence!” (Incidentally, the fact that we were using … Continue reading

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