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The National Flag of Canada

By February 12, 2013

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For most of its first century Canada had no flag of its own, and attempts to get agreement on a flag resulted in so much controversy they failed. In 1964, Prime Minister Lester Pearson gave a 15-member, all-party committee six weeks to come up with the design of a new national flag for Canada.

National Flag of Canada

The red and white flag with the maple leaf was chosen and the official national flag of Canada was raised for the first time on February 15, 1965. Find out more about the National Flag of Canada, its significance and flag etiquette in Canada.

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