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Original: pencil; Ontario, 16 December 1963

There is no prejudice toward any nationality colour or creed....I do hope that you will appreciate the sentiments that I have for my Country and the Flag....

Original: pencil crayon; enlargement; Ontario, 25 May 1964

The British and the French fought for and pioneered this country of ours. Therefore, we feel, as many Canadians do, that both should be represented on our flag. The maple leaves are for the ten provinces.

Original: photograph; enlargement; Ontario, 23 May 1964

The flag I submit here has one great asset...it is a compromise between the red ensign and the purely Canadian flags now suggested. The broad white band symbolizes the Canadian nation today. The twin red lines represent the two main blood lines that built our country to the Canada of today, represented by the Maple Leaf. The Fleur-de-lis and the Union Jack signify our pride in our historical heritage.

Original: watercolour; Ontario, 1 June 1964

I think [Pearson] makes himself look ridiculous when he says he 'doesn't want a hyphenated flag.' Someone should tell him we are a 'hyphenated' nation - bilingual and bicultural. We ought to have a hyphenated flag. I am enclosing a copy of a flag design which I think covers the 'hyphenated' angle.

Original: watercolour; Ontario, 4 June 1964

"The green maple leaves...represent people of all nationalities that call Canada their country. The Union Jack...and the Fleur-de-lis represent the two countries that were responsible for the birth of our nation. I am proud to have the Union Jack in the Canadian flag because under it we have been given freedom of speech, of religion and freedom from fear.

-13-year-old



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