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The Canadian National Flag The Canadian Flag sometimes referred to as the Maple Leaf is a true symbol of Canada and shows how we love our land by having a maple leaf on the flag The colours of the flag are the official national colours of Canada red and white King George V appointed them in 1921 The Maple Leaf wasnt the only flag Canada had Prior to the Maple Leaf there was the St Georges cross The St Georges Cross was an English Flag of the 15th century It was flown over Canada when John Cabot reached the east coast of Canada in 1497 Thirty-seven years later the fleur-de-lis was planted on Canadian Soil when Jacques Cartier landed here and claimed the land for the King of France The flag was flown until the early 1760s when Canada was ceded to the United Kingdom The Royal Union flag with the Crosses of St Georges and St Andrews flags replaced the fleur-de-lis after 1759 The search for a new flag begun in 1925 when a committee of Privy Council begun to research possible designs for a national flag In 1946 a select parliamentary committee called for submissions of designs and they received over 2000 but the Parliament never voted on a design Early in 1964 Prime Minister Lester B Pearson informed the House of Commons that the government wished to adopt a national flag In October 1964 after eliminating different designs The committee was left with three designs a red ensign with the fleur-de-lis and the Union Jack a design with three red maple leafs and a red flag with a single maple leaf on a white square in the middle Pearson preferred a design with three red maple leafs between two blue boarders Alan Beddoe a retired navel captain and Colonel Fortescue Duguid were two heraldry experts who both favoured the three leaf design and played decisive roles in the
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