Queen's University

Gender neutral national anthem

2010-03-19

Queen’s University philosophy professor Adele Mercier is available to talk about making Canada’s national anthem more gender neutral as hinted in Wedneday’s Throne Speech.
Professor Mercier specializes in the philosophy of language and feels it is wrong for masculine language – such as ‘all thy son’s command’ – to serve double duty as sex-neutral language.
 “It’s about time. The national anthem should reflect its population and Canada consists of 51 per cent women,” says Professor Mercier. “Women soldiers fight in Afghanistan alongside the men and die alongside the men, and they hear that Canada is under the guys’ command. How ironic Kim Campbell, our only female prime minister, was laughed out of Parliament for suggesting the same thing.”
To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613-533-6000 ext. 79173 or  kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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