Controversy, Compromise, Celebration: Choosing a Flag for Canada, 1964-1965


Submitted by Ann Martin

Join the Merrickville and District Historical Society as it celebrates Flag Day (held annually on February 15) a little bit later in the month at its public lecture on February 27, 2018 at 7 pm at the Merrickville Legion.  Admission is free.

Canadians are fiercely proud of their flag. It is recognized as our flag in every corner of the world. Less well known are the circumstances that led to the flag’s adoption in 1964, circumstances that began in controversy and were resolved by compromise. Choosing a flag design roused intense emotions in Parliament and throughout the country at a critical time in our country’s history. Now celebrated by all Canadians as a distinctive image of Canada, the story of its adoption is one of politics and intrigue at the highest levels.

Author and speaker Glenn Wright will be on hand to outline the history of the flag we know and love.  Glenn Wright was born and educated in Toronto, Ontario.  Following graduation from the University of Toronto, he worked as a researcher for Pierre Berton before joining the Public Archives of Canada in 1975.  During his public service career, Glenn worked as an archivist, historical research officer and for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP.  Retired since 2006, he is a frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events, his special interest being research on Canadian men and women who served in the Great War.   He has been associated with television programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Ancestors in the Attic”, “Engraved in a Nation” and, in February 2015, he was featured on a CTV W5 documentary on the history of our national flag.

On February 27, he will share with us the flag story and how our flag has become one of the most recognizable of all national flags.



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