The Images of a Country
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Original: wax crayon; British Columbia, 14 September 1964

The Red Ensign would not be entirely forgotten and the three emblems might satisfy the British, French, and the "New Canadians."

Original: oil paint on fabric; enlargement; New Brunswick, n.d.

A Bull's the British had on the wings of their war aeroplanes in the first world war. We used to be so glad when we would see [one]...I was a sniper in the first world war, I served in both wars...

The Flag issue has been belittled in every possible way but it is the entering wedge in a situation that portends constitutional revolution in Canada. The responsible majority in this country...desires, and knows the danger of losing, our identity as a nation. It is a majority favourable to progress and to the order of change but only if every step is regulated from within the country and only if we adhere to the principles that gave us birth as a nation and makes moves toward the future that are consistent with those principles. What lies in the balance is not the next election but the generation.

British Columbia, 21 October 1964

Original: watercolour; enlargement; Manitoba, 2 December 1964

I am enclosing a flag designed by a member of my 4-H Home Economics Club. This design was picked out of eighteen flags by the men's hockey team. The members' reason for picking this design was: red for our beautiful sunsets; the maple is our gold because of our golden wheat fields; and the Canadian coat of arms in memory of our brothers who fought and died for the freedom...we enjoy today. So maybe Mr. Diefenbaker you can clear up this flag problem before Christmas and give the 4-H credit, too.


Original: ballpoint pen; New Brunswick, 30 November 1964

It may be a suitable sign for a botanical society. If something from the vegetable kingdom is desirable, why not a pine cone? Pine forests are as typical of Canada as maple trees, lumbering one of its main industries. Moreover, a pine cone, in its way, is a kind of fulfillment, a beautiful object and its compactness represents a unity of separate pods. Unity is being sought, is it not?

British Columbia, n.d.

Original: ballpoint pen; enlargement; Nova Scotia, n.d.

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