If the hon. member was not howled down he might have been. This motion has been introduced in the House of Commons for the eighth time; the sixth, I believe, by the hon. member who has brought it in to-day, and twice by the former member for Nanaimo, Mr. Dickie. I think it would be well to read the resolution we have before us to-day, and put beside it the resolution that was introduced by Mr. Dickie. The present resolution reads:
That, in the opinion of this house, a special select committee be appointed for the purpose of considering the advisability of adopting a distinctive Canadian flag, representing Canada as a whole, thereby symbolizing the dominion as an equality partner in the commonwealth of British nations.
When Mr. Dickie introduced his resolution I opposed it for .different reasons from those that compel me to oppose the resolution now before us. Mr. Dickie's resolution read:
That in the opinion of this house a national flag representing the Dominion of Canada should be adopted, and that in any design for a Canadian flag the union jack must be conspicuous.
The resolution of the former hon. member for Nanaimo was at least positive; it stated what should be on the flag, but the resolution of the hon. member for North Battleford states little except that the flag should be representative of Canada as a whole. Perhaps a potato might do for Prince Edward Island, a fish for New Brunswick, a lobster or a tree for Nova Scotia, for Quebec a fleur-de-lis, and for Ontario something representative of a gold mine-
Subtopic: A CANADIAN FLAG
Sub-subtopic: PROPOSAL FOR ADOPTION OF A FLAG SYMBOLIC OF CANADA AND HER PARTNERSHIP IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE