Monday, July 1, 2019

happy Canada Day

Here is Canada's flag before the maple leaf was adopted in 1965 (courtesy of Wishing Stones Gallery). There was a lot of debate over the redesign of the national flag in the preceding two decades, but especially after the Suez Crisis in which Britain was one of three countries to invade Egypt while Canadians led peacekeeping efforts. More concern was expressed to have a national flag that was distinctively Canadian, and so after many committees formed and dissolved and nearly 6000 designs were considered, a parliamentary committee unanimously voted on the maple leaf design by George Stanley.