The Maple Leaf flag is adopted

February 15, 2017

Lester B. Pearson and the new flag design

Lester B. Pearson and the new flag design, December 1964. Duncan Cameron, Library and Archives Canada, a136153

December 15, 1964

After viewing approximately 2,000 flag designs and holding 41 meetings, a special Parliamentary committee recommended a new red and white Canadian flag, largely based on the flag of Kingston’s Royal Military College. The House of Commons debated the committee’s choice and, on December 15, 1964, the flag was accepted. Queen Elizabeth II signed a royal proclamation on January 28, 1965, and Canada’s new national flag, a single maple leaf flanked by two red bars, was unfurled for the first time on February 15, 1965.

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