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The Maple Leaf Forever? Flag designs that we didnít pick
National Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Tristin Hopper

Posted on 07/01/2014 1:45:16 AM PDT by Squawk 8888

The Canadian flag, unlike many things from the 1960s, has lasted for decades without ever seeming outdated, campy or controversial. Indeed, after 50 years of flag peace, it is hard to imagine that Canada was once torn apart by the hunt for a new national banner.

It was during those heady days that Canadians were invited to submit their own flag suggestions to a multi-party flag committee. Thanks to the preservation work of the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections, the National Post presents some notable examples of these Could-Have-Been Canadian flags.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society
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Lots of pics at link. Be warned- what has been seen, cannot be un-seen.
1 posted on 07/01/2014 1:45:17 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 07/01/2014 1:46:25 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Well, we can be thankful that the current flag was a clear and obvious winner.


3 posted on 07/01/2014 1:57:41 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

True. As much as I like the Red Ensign, the Maple Leaf has grown on us and is instantly recognizable throughout the world.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 2:01:24 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888
If symmetry is your preference, I always thought the original British design was pretty good. A little busy, though. I prefer a simplified version:


5 posted on 07/01/2014 2:24:20 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

I like the current Canadian flag and wish all my Canadian friends Happy Canada Day! Enjoy.


6 posted on 07/01/2014 2:29:53 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Squawk 8888

It’s a nice looking flag, but a secular symbol is always a step down from a Cross. Admittedly, we have the same problem.


7 posted on 07/01/2014 2:35:50 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: cynwoody

Hell yeah.


8 posted on 07/01/2014 2:59:26 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: cynwoody

Funny you should post that- Canada’s independence was a direct result of the War Between the States.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 3:08:33 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Gorgeous flag....and a fitting companion for your superb national anthem..I wish the USA would switch to “God Bless America”


10 posted on 07/01/2014 3:31:18 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Squawk 8888



Oh Cannabis! We get high on thee!
With glowing cheeks you see us rise
The True North stoned are we!


11 posted on 07/01/2014 3:35:41 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Happy Dominion Day!

“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” - Psalm 72:8


12 posted on 07/01/2014 3:37:38 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
That's the source of the motto on our Coat of Arms- a mari usque ad mare.
13 posted on 07/01/2014 3:39:23 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

My father (who art, I presume, in heaven) played for the First U.S. Army band during the War. One of the things they did was play the national anthem for visiting dignitaries. When a Canadian was the object of their attention, they would play “The Maple Leaf Forever”, of course.

In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came
And planted firm Britannia’s flag
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast our pride
And, joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!

The thistle, shamrock and rose representing Scotland, Ireland and England. My father really preferred it over other national anthems, on the grounds that, who, after all, could object to the maple leaf? The correct Jeopardy response, Alex, was “Who are the Québécois?” And they show it on their license plates.


14 posted on 07/01/2014 3:50:28 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Squawk 8888; All
FYI..a nice slideshow from the New York Post today:

O Canada! Stars you didn't know were Canadian

15 posted on 07/01/2014 4:05:48 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I liked the flag they were waving years ago during one of the secession votes; the center was half maple leaf/half flour-de-lis.

The older one (that looks like some of today’s provincial flags) was a better one if they wanted to be taken seriously...


16 posted on 07/01/2014 4:06:12 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: ken5050

Matthew Perry is the son of a woman who was once rumoured to be Pierre Trudeau’s mistress.


17 posted on 07/01/2014 4:47:29 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: kearnyirish2
The older flag was the Red Ensign, which was derived from a Royal Navy flag- the White Ensign was for the home fleet, red for the Atlantic, and Blue for the Pacific. Australia still flies the Blue Ensign.


18 posted on 07/01/2014 4:51:36 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Yes, that’s the one; I’m no fan of England, and don’t care for the harp on the flag (implying ownership or unity), but I’d take someone more seriously if they waved that instead of the maple leaf. Granted, our current US flag is just as apolitical and non-offending (unlike some of the Revolutionary War and state flags, which make statements); it just seems so overly simple...


19 posted on 07/01/2014 4:58:16 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: cynwoody

I much prefer the Bonnie Blue, as much as most people have no idea what it is.


20 posted on 07/01/2014 5:00:07 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Squawk 8888
It's also very interesting how the flag of Panama came about. The U.S. intervention (naval support etc) came earlier than expected, and the pro-independence/pro USA faction needed to come up with a flag literally overnight, that could be seen on govt buildings across the country the very next morning. It needed to be explained in a simple telegraph message. The wife of a Panamanian official came up with the simple design. Literally overnight, Panama had a new flag.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 5:05:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Ouderkirk

Had to Google it- I can understand the appeal.


22 posted on 07/01/2014 5:12:33 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

The appeal is.... that you had to Google it.

I once had a manager who told me that the secret to his success was that he was able to tell people to go to hell, but that he was able to do so with them genuinely looking forward to the trip.

That is sort of the case with the Bonnie Blue. It’s not as well known as the Stars & Bars but has the same meaning. Your average 80IQ ghetto rat simply has not the education to even know what it is.


23 posted on 07/01/2014 8:33:06 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Ouderkirk

Mr. GG2 agrees with you. Although I’m a stars and bars girl. :-)


24 posted on 07/01/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Happy Canada Day! Me, I’m all for this new-age diversity inclusiveness stuff, and while it would be presumptuous to suggest improvements in our neighbor’s flag, well...it’s just that not every province has maple trees. But every province does have hockey sticks. Just sayin’.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 8:40:11 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Nothing better than stars and bars.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 5:21:13 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (Howard Phillips Conservative)
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To: Squawk 8888
I actually like the aesthetics of this one...


27 posted on 07/01/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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