Last week, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government passed legislation in the House of Commons capitulating to political correctness by changing one line of the English lyrics of the national anthem that was apparently oppressing women.
The Liberals, who rammed the private member's bill through, invoking the degenerative illness afflicting its sponsor, Mauril Bélanger, insisted that this was a matter of equality, and of great importance to Canadians.
As it turns out, this is a new position for Trudeau.
In 2013, a little over seven months after becoming the Liberal leader, Trudeau was asked at the Beth Tikvah synagogue in Toronto how the lyrics could be changed.
The woman who asked the question said she wasn't concerned about "in all thy sons command" as much as she was worried about the reference to the cross in the French lyrics, but nonetheless wanted the anthem to be more inclusive.
Trudeau said he would prefer to focus on "real issues" and more worthwhile "battles." He even said that such an issue should only be raised when everything else in Canada is fine.
Here's Trudeau's full response:
"Mr. Harper, in the second last throne speech, announced that he’d be looking at changing the lyrics of the national anthem, and was fairly consistently razzed by Canadians and pundits and stepped back on that, you know, fairly quickly.
"I have colleagues who sit with me in the house still in a much reduced Liberal Party who do take issue with, as you do, certain elements within the anthem. And I entirely respect that, but I’m also very much a pragmatist. We have only so much of Canadians’ attention on us politicians. We only have so much political capital to spend. And that’s where we have to make choices about the battles that we want to fight. And for me, I respect the challenges that certainly people feel with it, but I don’t think it’s a battle that we need to engage in right now. I think there are real issues around human rights, around respect for each other, around success of the middle class, that we need to focus on. And if, at one point, suddenly there is a massive and overwhelming consensus that we need to do something and change something symbolic like that, sure. It means everything else is going so well that we have time to worry about that and I look forward to a moment where things are going that well in Canada but that moment is not here."
Apparently Trudeau was against the change before he was for it.
And we have the audio, thanks to my friend Dave Gordon, managing editor of LandmarkReport.com, who was at the event.
I'll play it for you, and talk about a couple of the "battles" Trudeau should be focusing on.