National Flag of Canada Day
Canada's maple leaf flag was raised for the first time on
Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965, as the National Flag of
Canada. Popularly known as the Maple Leaf and l'Unifolié (French
for "the one-leafed") it is a base red flag with a white square in its
centre featuring a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf.
Changing of the Flag
maple leaf flag pays homage to our geography, reflects the grandeur of
our history and represents our national identity. Our flag thus honours
Canadians of all origins who through their courage and determination,
have helped to build and are continuing to build our great country: a
dynamic country that is open to the future.
-- Jean Chrétien
Prime Minister of Canada
February 15, 1996
reflects the nation's common values: freedom, peace, respect, justice
Prior to the maple leaf flag, Canada used variations of the British Red
Ensign with the shield of Canada charged in the fly.
From the 1940s until 1965, Canada made several attempts to create its
own flag by holding national contests, but to no avail.
A serious effort to change the flag began in 1964, when a committee was
picked by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Out of three choices, the
maple leaf design by George F.G. Stanley was chosen as the winner.
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