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Rival flag groups gather on Parliament Hill

The Story

Rival groups gathered on Parliament Hill today to show support for and anger over proposed national flags. One large group gathered on the west side of the walkway, lobbying for a new maple leaf flag. Another, singing God Save The Queen, stood on the east side waving Red Ensigns, the British navy's official flag. The two bands faced each other, booing and making catcalls.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: June 1, 1964
Host: Earl Cameron
Reporter: Tom Leach
Duration: 2:09

Did You know?

• Around the turn of the 20th century, Canadian designers submitted flags with maple leaves, crosses and beavers, as well as France's tricolour, to the government for consideration.

• Between 1946 and 1964 Canadians submitted close to 3,000 flag designs to a committee. British flags made up 14 per cent, while 60 per cent had maple leaves. Other popular symbols were fleurs-de-lys and crowns.

• More than 80 per cent of Canadians surveyed in 1958 said they wanted a national flag that was not already flown by another country.

• The first parliamentary debate on which flag Canada should adopt took place at the turn of the 20th century.



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