Then, back in Ottawa on February 15, at the damp and cool Flag Day ceremony on Parliament Hill in the shadow of the Peace Tower, the Red Ensign was taken down and the new Maple Leaf flag was raised with a resounding cheer from the dignitaries and the large crowd in attendance. This little conflict had lasted for more than six months, bitterly dividing the government in the process. During the election campaign of 1963, Pearson promised that Canada would have a new flag within two years of his election. Perhaps, as a courtesy to readers, we should consider moving the articel to or to avoid any confusion as to what it refers to. Canadians were invited to use their imagination and talent and submit ideas for a flag. The flag was inaugurated on February 15, 1965 and since 1996, February 15 has been commemorated as.
The government of the time, headed by Prime Minister , did not accept the invitation to establish a new Canadian flag, so Pearson made it policy in 1961, and part of the party's election platform in the and. And some of them were prepared to roar with disapproval. This new implementation greatly affects Canada; either for the betterment of Canadians or just. On the right was a shield incorporating the symbols of each province, which became more and more cluttered as new provinces joined confederation and individual flag makers added their own embellishments. It lasted more than six months, bitterly dividing the people in the process.
Tommy Douglas of the New Democratic Party was in no rush to proceed. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 13. The Crisis began when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser moved to nationalize the Suez Canal, a key link in the shipping lanes between Europe and Asia. You decide to go online to check on price for you stay, so you pull up google. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful.
Senate approval followed on Dec 17. Canada wanted a symbol to help unite our special country. Matheson, Pearson, and every other Liberal soon discovered how wrong that assessment was. However, the term itself is completely ambiguous without any context. As many as 5,900 alternative designs were sent to Ottawa.
Canada, he believed, was on the brink of a major crisis. A Parliamentary Committee was created to explore possible designs for a flag and report back to the House of Commons. Although I believe that no one will. Pictured here, student flag demonstration on Parliament Hill. The parliamentary debate on Canada's proposed flag was lengthy and ugly.
A statue of former Canadian prime minister Lester B. The debate over the proposed new Canadian flag was ended by on December 15, 1964. During the next six weeks the committee held 35 tormenting meetings. Diefenbaker was determined to do everything possible to defeat and destroy this resolution. After winning the 1963 election, Pearson formed a parliamentary committee to consider new designs.
In 1945, Prime Minister , having flown the Union Jack over Parliament throughout the war, made the Canadian Red Ensign the official Canadian flag by. George Stanley After Lester suggested the Pearson Pennant as the flag for Canada, he quickly received letters from various patriots. In addition, the provinces of and adopted their own versions of the Red Ensign as their respective provincial flags in the wake of the national flag debate. Wayne Gretzky was born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario to. Instead, the official flag was the Grand Union—Great Britain's national flag.
. The seemingly endless debate raged on in Parliament and the press with no side giving quarter. One of the first arenas in which Canadians began to fully assert their independence in the postwar period was international trade. The great Canadian flag debate had now officially begun. Person, John Diefenbaker, Ken Donovan, George Stanley The Great Canadian Flag Debate Ottawa, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 1963-1965 To give Canada its own symbol and to give Canada its own flag to show its indpendence. Initially, the conventional wisdom among political and economic decision-makers was that maintaining close ties with the United States was the best way for Canada to ensure its future prosperity.
Canada's official flag from 1867 had been Britain's Union Flag, although the Red Ensign with the Canadian badge was regularly flown for qualified purposes. The Commons continued sitting all summer, but the Conservatives held firm in their opposition. Canadian Government taking full responsibility as soon as possible for finding a solution to the flag problem, by submitting to Parliament a measure which, if accepted by the representatives of the people in Parliament, would, I hope, settle the problem. Canadian Press On May 14, 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Although the flag debate had been going on for a long time prior, it officially began on June 15, 1964, when proposed his plans for a new flag in the. In the early 1960s, however, there was some serious opposition to the proposal for a new design.
After some 250 speeches, a vote was taken 15 December 1964 at 2:00 a. As many as 5,900 alternative designs were sent to Ottawa. The Maple Leaf is the result of a the Great Canadian Flag Debate, a six-month back and forth on flag design that caused a controversy in the Great White North. His preferred design had three red maple leaves conjoined on a blue or a white background. Although the flag debate had been going on for a long time prior, it officially began on June 15, 1964, when proposed his plans for a new flag in the. P Champion, who has written extensively on the flag debate.