From the BBC News:
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The true north strong and free!
The government had said it was open to changing a lyric in O Canada – “in all thy sons command” – to the original version, “in thou dost us command”.
Opposition Liberals said the proposed change was merely a gimmick that proved the ruling Conservatives were not serious about women’s rights.
Public outcry was so strong PM Stephen Harper dropped the idea after two days.
“We offered to hear from Canadians on this issue and they have already spoken loud and clear,” said Mr Harper’s spokesman, Dimitri Soudas.
“They overwhelmingly do not want to open the issue. The government will not proceed any further to change our national anthem.”
The issue was raised after the anthem was played a record 14 times at gold medal ceremonies during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. …
I’m a little unclear on how “public outcry” was measured, frankly. But hey, at least those evil feminists didn’t get any traction, eh?
–Ann Bartow, via Bobc