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CANADA  FLAGS






Canada Flag 3ft x 5ft Nylon
 


Sizes



9"x18"   12"x24"  15"x30"  18"x36"  27"x54"

   36"x 60"   36"x 72"   45"x 90"   54"x 108"

           6 ft x 12ft           7 1/2 ft x 15 ft


Materials

  • Nylon
  • Heavy-Duty Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Knitted Polyester







 Canadian Blue Ensign
Canadian Blue Ensign 1921 - 1957

  Canadian Red Ensign 1868-1921        Canadian Red Ensign 1868 - 1921
Canadian Red Ensign  Canadian Red Ensign 1957-1965
Canadian Red Ensign 1921 - 1957                    Canadian Red Ensign 1957 - 1965

( Ensigns are currently available in 27"x 54" and 36"x 60" sizes.)
   

For nearly a century Canada had no distinctive national Flag.   Each time Canadians suggested a new symbol to replace the Canadian Red Ensign, modeled after a British Naval Flag, there was controversy.   Maple leaves, beavers, crosses, crowns - propositions that went nowhere.   In 1964 Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson said he'd introduce a new national Flag.   But Opposition leader John Diefenbaker and the Royal Canadian Legion wanted to stick with the Red Ensign.   Everyone had an opinion before Canada finally chose the red and white Flag with the maple leaf.

On a Friday afternoon in the late autumn of 1964, an urgent request came from Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to the desk of Ken Donovan.   Mr. Donovan was then an assistant purchasing director with the Canadian Government Exhibition Commission, which later became a part of the Department of Supply and Services.

The Prime Minister wanted prototypes of the proposals for the new Flag to take to his new residence at Harrington Lake the next morning.   The three proposals on the table included the single maple leaf design.

The only design samples in existence were drawings on paper.   So Mr. Donovan and his team of designers managed to do the impossible.   The Flag prototypes were assembled in just a few hours.   Graphic and silk screen artists Jean Desrosiers and John Williams were called in to work on the Friday evening.   Since no seamstress could be found, the Flags were stitched together by the young Joan O'Malley, daughter of Ken Donovan.

For the first time in the country's 98-year history, Canadians raised an official national Flag.   The official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian Flag was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965, with Governor General Georges Vanier, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the members of the Cabinet and thousands of Canadians in attendance.


     
 
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