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Original: pencil crayon, newsprint; no address, n.d. No description given

Original: collage, printed material on construction paper; Ontario, October 1964

[This] particular design...suggests a purpose or meaning in that it outlines the history...that led to Canada's birth as a nation. First, the Canadian Coat-of-Arms in the centre, makes it truly Canadian, while, at the same time, because it includes a small design of the Fleur-de-lis, as well as the Union Jack, side by side, we are reminded of the great contribution made by both the French and English in moulding Canada's Future Nationhood. Finally, the coat-of-arms of the individual provinces and territories, in order of the years they entered into Confederation, starting with Quebec and Ontario, illustrates how the Constitution that made [Canada] a Dominion, came into being.

Original: watercolour; Ontario, 26 November 1964

The Star: The main portion of the star represents our central parliament at Ottawa...The ten points represent our ten provinces....In case other provinces are organized another point could be added....All points being of the same size to denote equal partnership.

The two Maple leaves: would represent our two Cultures and languages living and working side by side under a central authority.

The Beaver at Work: The Beaver is the hardest working animal of the forest....No eight hour day for the beaver...This to commemorate our early Canadians who have worked so hard to open this great country to the fertile prairies of the west. The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, etc.

Hoping this design will merit some consideration when the question of a Canadian flag comes up again before parliament.

Original: ballpoint pen; Ontario, 27 October 1964

The Union Jack blue is a deep rich blue in the centre section of the Design. The white (or silver) fleurs-de-lis on the blue (of the Quebec Provincial Flag) is a very attractive lighter blue. The Maple Leaves are on pale sky blue on the top and bottom strips, so the blues shade from dark in the centre to pale sky blue at the top and at the bottom.

Original: ballpoint pen on graph paper; Ontario, 2 November 1964

Seems to incorporate recent flag designs as well as the Union Jack design.



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