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A royal proclamation establishes the National Flag of Canada, the current
maple leaf flag. The Canadian Red and Blue Ensigns and Royal Canadian Navy use
of the White Ensign go out of official use.
Dean Tiegs, 21 December 1997
The winning design in the competition to create a distinctive Canadian flag
was actually based on the flag of the Royal Military
College (http://www.rmc.ca) and was
submitted by one of the academic staff of the College at that time.
R.M. (Mark) Lilienthal, 12 March 1999
contributed by Kevin Wharton
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia
The Maple Leaf flag was a move by the Liberal government. The (Conservative) opposition leader at the time, John Diefenbaker (also a former Prime Minister), was so opposed to the flag change that at his request, his casket at his 1979 funeral was covered with both the Maple Leaf and the Red Ensign.
The 13 point leaf was the design approved by committee in October 1964. Following the manufacture of some full sized prototypes, the 11 point design by artist St.-Cyr was adopted by parliament (ironically M. St-Cyr himself was a Quebec separatist).
The original proposal, the "Pearson Pennant", was definitely identified with the Liberals, and had little or no support from the opposition parties.
Most of this information comes from the book "I Stand for Canada"
[abd02]. The TV special on the flag which ran
on Canada Day bore the credit "Based on the book: I Stand for Canada
by Rick Archbold".
Dean McGee, 22 July 2003