Since the year 1925, several initiatives were taken to get an official national flag for Canada, but none of the attempts were successful. In 1964, the prime minister, Lester Pearson appointed an all-party committee to furnish a design for a new national flag of Canada. Eventually the single leaf design was recommended by the committee which was further approved by the Parliament in 1964. The new official National Flag of Canada was inaugurated on 15 February, 1965. The inauguration ceremony was held in Parliament Hill, Ottawa in the presence of the Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, Governor General Georges Vanier, the members of the Cabinet and thousands of Canadians.
The National flag of Canada is a symbol of honor and dignity for all Canadians and therefore it should be treated with utmost respect under all circumstances. The Canadian Heritage Department provides certain protocol for flying the National flag of Canada. Some of these protocols are:
It must be noted that the flag rules applied by the federal government are not obligatory for any individuals or organizations.
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