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by Jaume Ollé
This flag was suggested by Adélard Godbout (Premier of Quebec in 1936
and from 1939 to 1944) in 1947 for Canada. It was the flag of the League
of the Canadian Flag : diagonally divided from upper hoist to lower fly,
red over white, with a centered green maple leaf.
Some might be interested to know that in the text of the law on the adoption of the present fleurdelyse, flag of Quebec, it is said :
WHEREAS the Federal authorithies seem to be opposed to the adoption of an exclusively Canadian flag and consequently fail to provide Our Country, Canada, with a flag to which it is entitled;
Ironic twist of faith... The most important national symbol of Quebec wouldn't
have been adopted at that time if the Federal would've been more nationalist
! (In the Canadian sense, of course).
Luc-Vartan Baronian - 23 March 1997
by Jaume Ollé
Proposal (from the beginning of the century) for a *Canadian* flag by John-Guy
Labarre in 1962 : it has the polar star.
This is the second Quebecois proposal for a Canadian flag that I mention.
Luc-Vartan Baronian - 19 March 1997
by Timothy Boronczyk - 1998-05-18
Apparantly there is a flag that looks like the Canadian flag, but with blue stripes. ... What was that flag?
There have been a number of replies to this inquiry that more or less answered
the question. The white flag with the triple red maple leaves on a single
stem, and blue bands at either end of the field, is called the "Pearson Pennant"
and was designed by that Canadian Prime Minister subsequent to the Anglo-Egyptian
difficulties over the Suez Canal in the late 1950's. Seems the Canadians
were offered as "peace - keepers" but the Egyptians objected, saying (in
reference to the Canadian Red Ensign) "Look at the Union Jack in their flag
and you'll see that Canadians cannot be objective." That really kicked the
Canadian flag issue into the forefront of public debate, culminating in
Nick Artimovich - 1996-09-27
Not being Canadian I will not try to get into the symbolism of either the
Pearson Pennant, nor the Maple Leaf Flag adopted in 1965, but I agree with
Dave Kendall <wierdguy> that the flag that was adopted is far superior
to Pearson's design. I will offer my opinion that the Maple Leaf Flag is
the most attractive national flag in the world, considering both from a graphic
design standpoint and from a historic perspective: it is simple (two colors,
very few graphic elements), distinctive (so much so that the use of a square
in the middle of a 2:1 flag is termed a "Canadian Pale"), and easy to
recognize/recall (once you know that Canada's colors are red and white, and
that the maple leaf has been part of the national iconography for the better
part of two centuries.)
Nick Artimovich - 1996-09-27
Nick Artmovitch provided more information than I had regarding the history
of the "Pearson Pennant", but I stand by my opinion about its superiority
to the current flag. Its blue stripes at hoist and fly are unmatched as a
fit of words ["A mari usque ad mare"] to pictoral representation, and this
inclusion of blue incorporates an important color of French flags into a
Carl S. Gurtman - 1996-10-01
I have been working through the contributions to you web page on the flag
and been struck by how much is forgotten so quickly. I thought I might refer
people to a book by somebody who really knows.
John Matheson was probably the most important figure in the design of the flag. In the drive for a flag he gives full credit to Prime Minister Pearson; indeed, at times his remarks about Pearson border on hagiography. However I think the book is close to being exhaustive on the subject. There you will find the answers to colours, including shade of red, three vs. one leaf, size and shape, and the incredible work just to secure a dye that wouldn't fade in 30 days.
What I found most lacking in the book was any discussion of an ensign for the armed forces [they were unified by then]. Nor is any consideration given to a separate flag for the merchant marine. I feel we missed a real opportunity then. Upon re-reading the book recently I thought to write Mr. Matheson and ask him about this, but he would be 82 years old now and I am not at all sure he is still alive.
Any way, I have extracted some bits from the book and include them here : Matheson
Patrick Brabazon - 12 July 1999
by Luc V. Baronian - 27 January 1997
I've seen recently canadian flags with two thin blue stripes between each
red stripe and the white center.
I saw this flag in Montreal twice at pro-unity manifestations and a third time as a bumper sticker.
Anybody know what it this flag is?
Luc V. Baronian - 27 January 1997
Possibly a reconcilation flag to incorporate the colours (blue and white)
of Quebec with those of Canada (red and white).
It could be Chris, a lot of people I've asked came up with that same hypothesis. I thought it might also be a country wide French-canadian flag. Or, a political movement. Or, (I don't know why) I think it looks like a navy flag...
I really think it has something to do with Canadian unity, because of the places I've seen it :
Luc Baronian - 29 January 1997
I just was seraching Yahoo! Canada looking for new flaglinks when I came
across the Canadian flag with blue fimbration at
TRCF for Canadian Unity
Unity Flag recognizing Canada's duality: French and English-speaking people together. French Canada and English Canada.
Approx. 25% of the border is coloured blue representing the Francophones in Canada.
This Unity Flag may one day become Canada's officially renewed Canadian Flag symbolizing "unity and harmony" on our national emblem.
Mark Sensen - 29 May 1997