The Images of a Country
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Original: watercolour on tissue paper, glued to cardboard; Manitoba, n.d. No description given

Original: printed; Manitoba, 29 June 1964

[This] design, although much simpler, is basically the same as the one I sent you, Sir, in 1959.

Original: watercolour; Manitoba, 25 May 1964

The white background signifies the Purity and Intent and Purpose of the Canadian people. The green background signifies the Fertility, Industry and Commerce of our land. The red in the Maple Leaves signifies the...Bravery of our People in the Building and Defence of Canada. The three Maple Leaves signify the Unity and Equality of the three elements making up our population - Anglo-Saxon, French, Multi-ethnic. The two-crossed six-leaf olive branches with the two white leaves signify the Unity and Peaceful Intent of the ten Provinces and two Territories that make up our country of Canada.

Original: pencil crayon; enlargement; Manitoba, 8 June 1964

The triangle symbolizes unity and the fleur-de-lis gives Quebec the recognition they want.

Original: pencil crayon on newsprint; Ontario, 29 June 1964


Original: construction paper; Ontario, 16 June 1964

1. Blue bars at the Pole and Fly represent our two coasts. 2. White bar at top our vast north land. 3. Green bar represents our forests. 4. Gold bar represents Agriculture. 5. Our national emblem the Maple Leaf. 6. The Beaver in the Maple Leaf.

Without the Beaver there wouldn't be a Canada...The Beaver, although a rodent, means many things: he is a great engineer, a builder, industrious... and a conservationist; he can be very stubborn at times even to a fault. He is Canadian, not French nor British nor any nationality but true Canadian.

 2003 Diefenbaker Canada Centre Archives