To Young Canadians 
by Dr. James Wright, text - Jack Layton
 

director Jackie Hawley, the Ottawa Children’s Choir,

the Cantiamo Choir, soloist Jenna Glatt

 

Tens of thousands of Canadians

Have written me to wish me well.

Your spirit and your love have lit up my home,

And hardened my determination to leave you with this message:

 

Love is better than anger, hope is better than fear,

So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we'll change

 the world.

 

I believe in the power to change things, I believe in the power of youth.

I believe in your dreams for Canada, ray of hope shining strong and true.

I believe in the power to change things, I believe in the power of youth.

Canada, O Canada, I believe in you!

 

My friends, know that love is better than anger, hope is better than fear,

So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we'll change

the world.


(optional French-language verses and refrains are found in the score)

 

I believe in your youthful vision, passion, energy, bonds that bind.

I believe you will meet each challenge with every fibre of heart and mind.

I believe in your youthful vision, generosity, justice true.

Canada, O Canada, I believe in you!

 

My friends, know that love is better than anger, hope is better than fear,

So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we'll change the world.

We can change the world!

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