Liberal French-language campaign song to be redone after criticism
The Strumbellas pose for photographers as they arrive for the Juno Gala awards show in Ottawa, Saturday April 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick)
After initially defending a heavily mocked French-language election campaign song, the Liberals opted Monday to change their tune.
The French version of the campaign song will be translated once again and re-recorded, party spokesman Pierre-Olivier Herbert said.
"We realized ... that the French wasn't perfect," he said. "That's why we won't use this version anymore and we'll re-record it."
The Liberals chose the English-language song, "One Hand Up," by Canadian rock band The Strumbellas as the party's theme song.
The Toronto-based band translated their own lyrics and recorded the French-language version, but the rendition was criticized online as poorly translated and incomprehensible.
Quebec actress Salome Corbo posted on social media, "When your re-election rests partly on the Quebec vote and the francophone vote outside Quebec, maybe you should entrust the words to someone who has mastered this beautiful language."
Gaetan Barrette, former Quebec health minister and current Liberal member of the provincial legislature, posted online that he listened about "15 times" to the song and still didn't know what it was about.
Justin Trudeau's Liberals at first saluted the anglophone group's efforts to translate and record a song in the country's second official language, saying Sunday that no changes would be made.
But the next day, the party had changed its position.
It was still unclear Monday afternoon who would sing the party's French-language theme song.