The Flag of Canada

Flag of Canada

The flag of Canada is often referred to as the Canadian flag. The flag features Maple Leaf, a red field with a white square at its center. The ratio of the design is 1:2:1. At the center of Canada Flag, it features a conventional red with 11-pointed maple leaf charged. The flag was adopted by Parliament for use as the country’s national flag.

In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson defined a committee to resolve the continuing issue of the lack of an authorized Canadian flag. Sparking a thoughtful debate over the change of flag, there were three choices made to the authorities; out of which, the design that featured maple leaf was selected. On February 15, 1965, the flag of Canada made its first official arrival, and since then the 15th of Feburary is celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day.

History of Canada Flag

The first flag recognized to have flown in Canada was the St George’s Cross approved by John Cabot when he stretched Newfoundland in 1497. In 1534, Jacques Cartier established a cross in Gaspé manner the French royal coat of arms with the fleurs-de-lis. His ship flew a red flag with a white cross, the French naval flag at the period. New France sustained to fly the developing French military flags of that period. As the de jure national flag of the United Kingdom, the Union Flag was used correspondingly in Canada from the 1621 British settlement in Nova Scotia. Its use sustained after Canada’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1931 until the acceptance of the current flag in 1965.

After Canadian Confederation in 1867, the importance for distinctive Canadian flags appeared. The first Canadian flag had a shield in the center bearing the subdivided arms of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick surrounded by a garland of maple leaves. As new provinces joined the Confederation, their arms were added to the flag of Canadian Shield. Since 1892 to 1965, the flag has been modified several times by several rulers.

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