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    A bill to replace a few English-language words of Canada's national anthem has been passed by the country's upper house. The French version of the anthem will not change.

    Canada's Senate has adopted a bill which would make the English version of the country's national anthem gender neutral by replacing the words "thy sons" with the words "of us", according to the Senate's Twitter account.

    The words are part of the anthem's sentence which now will be read "True patriot love in all of us command".

    Governor General of Canada Julie Payette is yet to sign the bill into law.

    The document does not mention any amendments to the French version of the anthem, which contains no words distinguished by gender.

    O Canada officially became Canada's national anthem in 1980, and since then as many as 12 bills have been introduced in the Senate to scrap the reference to "thy sons", which some perceived as discriminatory. None of these bills have ever been adopted.

    Twitter users immediately responded to the news, with many remaining at loggerheads over the new version of Canada's national anthem.


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