The National Flag of Canada is 50 years old!

July 7, 2015

The National Flag of Canada, consists of a white square at its centre flanked on both sides by a a red field with a stylized, 11-pointed red maple leaf atop the white centre. The flag was designed by George Stanley replaced the Canadian Red Ensign, which had been used as a Canadian national flag from 1868 until 1965.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Lester Pearson a joint committee voted for the Maple leaf flag in 1964 after months of heavy debate. Resolutions recommending the new flag were passed by the House of Commons on December 15, 1964, and by the Senate two days later. The final design, adopted by Parliament and approved by royal proclamation, was proclaimed by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on January 28, 1965,and took effect “upon, from and after” February 15 1965

National Flag of Canada Day was instituted in 1996 by an Order in Council from Governor General R LeBlanc, on the initiative of Prime Minister Jean Chretien.


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