The Images of a Country
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I am fully convinced that what we need at this moment in Canadian history is an inspired leader, one who has caught a great vision of Canada's future. We are a nation at the beginning of our history, a history of which we are proud but one that has barely begun....Canada is in her youth and her people will make themselves known throughout the world for their love of adventure, their fearlessness in helping the weak and I hope some day for their boundless generosity. Encourage us to become one great nation, not ten small provinces.

British Columbia, 2 August 1964

I moved to Saskatchewan with my parents in 1904 and I love this country too much to see it torn apart with all this bickering.

Alberta, 9 September 1964

Original: printed fabric; Ontario, 30 October 1964

I am sending you a leaf which I think everyone will be proud of; with a light blue background this is a real Canadian flag.

Original: pencil crayon; British Columbia, 16 June 1964

Blue Bars - "Sea to Sea"; Golden Yellow Background - Grain Fields of the Prairies; Maple Leaf - Symbol of all provinces; Beaver - A National Emblem, also a Dedication to Lord Beaverbrook.

Original: watercolour on tissue; British Columbia, 8 September 1964

The Union Jack of the Red Ensign is retained. An attempt is made to give the Fleur-de-lis equal distinction. For the satisfaction of all Canadians it should be noted that three quarters of the area are devoted to the Maple Leaf and its background.

Enlargement of printed card; British Columbia, n.d.

RED: The colour of the maple leaf is the red of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ceremonial tunic, representing Justice and The Rule of Law. WHITE: The white circle symbolizes The World, representing the many lands whence our varied peoples have come. BLUE: The United Nations blue background represents Canada's general awareness of her increasing international obligations. It emphasizes her faith and willingness to participate in world councils whose aims are peace, human progress and the brotherhood of all men.

 2003 Diefenbaker Canada Centre Archives