Canada's History

Red flag

- Fred Gaskin Cam­bridge, On­tario Canada

Your ar­ti­cle on the Red En­sign flag (“Trea­sures of Canada”) in the Au­gust-Septem­ber 2018 is­sue gives a mis­lead­ing im­pres­sion that the flag shown in the ar­ti­cle “was of­fi­cially adopted shortly after Con­fed­er­a­tion.” Not so. That flag evolved in 1957 with three red leaves on the shield from a flag that was for­mally pro­claimed by or­der-in-coun­cil in 1921 with three green maple leaves. Ninety years after Con­fed­er­a­tion does not qual­ify for the term “shortly”!

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