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The debate had not ended entirely: on 9 December 1964, Leon Balcer broke Conservative party ranks to ask for closure. On 11 December, Conservatives brought in one more motion asking for the adoption of the Red Ensign; it was defeated 162 to 80. The final debate came on 14 December and at two o'clock on the morning of 15 December 1965, the bill adopting the new Canadian flag was passed. Parliament adjourned with MPs singing "O Canada."

"Our Country's Flag"

Robert Chambers - Halifax Chronicle-Herald; 15 February 1965

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