Mauril Bélanger was not the first Member of Parliament to recommend a gender-neutral national anthem. Hopefully, he will be the last. Last week, the long-serving Liberal MP from Ottawa-Vanier was honoured by all his colleagues as he occupied the House Speaker’s chair in recognition of his contribution to Parliament. The emotional and heartfelt support from all sides of the House was honest and palpable. It gave Canadians an ever so brief glimpse into the humanity of all parliamentarians.
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