CANADA – Canadian students cleared of lyrics that used an offensive word in an anthem song about national unity have been issued with official warnings by the government.
The Canadian National Student Clearinghouse said in a statement that the government has sent out a warning to students who are found to be in violation of the National Anthem and Canadian Citizenship Act.
“Students who have been found in violation can be issued with an official warning and the Canadian government can take further action,” it said.
The anthem was first played in a series of performances at the 2015 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to reform the anthem to remove any references to Canada, its military or its founding fathers.
The National Anthem has been in the news since at least 2017 when a Canadian soldier was killed by a fellow soldier in Afghanistan.