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Original: silkscreen; Ontario; 29 May 1964

It is red, white and blue (for British and French heritage). Stronger design with a single maple leaf, which becomes a more meaningful symbol because: It is built by the union of ten provinces Leaf design appears more rugged (like Canada itself). Attractive - almost magnetic. More red (for Red Ensign supporters). Suggests growth (without expansion). It seems not to exclude the Indians. Does not resemble any commercial emblem to my knowledge

Original: pencil crayon, ballpoint pen; Ontario, 13 June 1964

This flag shows our ten beautiful provinces of Canada, which I have indicated by ten maple leaves, which is our Canadian emblem. Also it carries our native colours. I am sending it to you as the appropriate flag for Canada.

In a democracy it is not the I but the we that is important. I love Canada and its government and I will honour and in time respect any flag that my government has chosen for it is the ideals behind the flag I respect and not the coloured cloth on the surface.

Alberta; 1 November 1964

Original: pencil crayon; enlargement; Ontario, 16 June 1964

Our family is living over here 4 years and the people have come to Canada from all over the world. We need to have in our flag the symbol that people [are] united. The diagonals make North South East and West. The circle is the world. The people have come from N.S.E.W. of the world. On one side is the rainbow, a symbol that [everybody] understands... also the [dove] in the middle. The [dove] brings the maple leaf and peace to everybody. The 10 coloured parts are the 10 provinces.

Original: watercolour; enlargement; Ontario, 6 June 1964



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