In all the Cons' command
I've been having some fun messing with the national anthem, thanks to the Harper government's commitment, announced during yesterday's throne speech, to castrate gender neuter O Canada.
With a little help from some Facebook and Twitter friends, here's what I have so far:
Oh Canada! Our home on native land.
True hetero love, in all the Cons command.
We stand on gays for thee.
Green Assassin has a real good version here.
Understand that I am not opposed to this move. First because the anthem has been changed many times, and isn't even a good translation of the original French. Second because women deserve to be acknowledged as well -- especially since there are many serving in Afghanistan where two have already lost their lives.
And that's without making much of our golden girls' performances at the Olympics. How many times did they stand up for Canada while the anthem played?
Although, when you think about it, ''all thy sons' command'' is not inaccurate when you consider the male-female ratio in Parliament, provincial legislatures, corporate boardrooms ...
As others have noted, this sop to women -- oh gee thanks and whoop-de-do -- hardly makes up for the government's disregard for women and families in the federal budget brought forth today. Not only are EI premiums rising while corporate taxes drop, but Harper still has not solved the daycare dilemma.
Today Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tossed a bone to single parent families with this:
To save on tax on the $100 per month for children under the Universal Child Care Benefit, single parents will be able to report the income on the tax return of a child under the age of 18.
Which will work out great for richer families. Poor families .. not so much.
Meanwhile, there's this:
Split families: Parents who share custody of children more or less equally will now also be eligible to share the Child Tax Benefit, Universal Child Tax Benefit and the GST/HST credit.
Which sounds great in principle. But I've been on this beat long enough to know that, when parents are at each others' throats over custody, child support and property, this could lead to even greater conflict..
On other issues relevant to women, I can't say there's a whole lot. Nor is there anything for seniors on small fixed pensions. Nothing on housing. Nothing on health care.
For this they needed the recalibration vacation? Give me the break they took!
But what really galls is that the anthem change is being blamed on us femi-nazis because, as you know, women have have been storming Parliament Hill demanding abortion rights be mentioned, along with equal pay, in the song.
But ... what do you know?
The push came from an openly gay feminist named Nancy Ruth. That's Senator Nancy Ruth. That's Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth -- a woman I have a lot of time for actually.
But the truth is, tossing this into the political mix right now was strictly a Harper decision.
And it was as cynical as anything else he has done.