Canada: Rallying Round a Flag

Prime Minister Lester B. ("Mike") Pearson stood before the Royal Canadian Legion in Winnipeg, discussing a subject near to his heart. During his election campaign in the spring of 1963, he had promised to give Canada a national flag of its own to take the place of Britain's Union Jack and Canada's semi official Red Ensign, incorporating the Union Jack and the Canadian coat of arms. Now, said Pearson, he was ready with a design. As later approved by his Cabinet, the flag features three red maple leaves on a white field with a vertical blue bar on each...

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