The anthem should be changed in more ways than one.
On June 27, 1980, the national anthem was mysteriously transformed into a prayer with the addition of the phrase, God keep our land.
Reference to a God did not appear in any constitution-type document in this country until 1982. Then the phrase, “Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God” was arbitrarily inserted.
Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights holds that “Everyone has a right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference.”
It is certainly interference to compel several million patriotic Canadians who hold no religious beliefs to join in religious exercises through the inclusion of a God reference in the anthem meant for all Canadians.
Ray Blessin, Kamloops, B.C.