Mr. WILFRID LaCROIX (Quebec-Mont-morency) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 3, to provide for the flags of Canada.
Some. hon. MEMBERS. Explain.
Mr. LaCROIX (Quebec-Montmorency): The purpose of this bill is to empower the governor in council to create a national flag for Canada, the only nation in the world which does not possess or fly a distinctive national flag. Our country is voluntarily doing its full share in this war, and doing so as an independent and sovereign nation; therefore the time has come for a flag that will express the sovereignty of the Canadian people and the Canadian parliament, just as the union jack represents the sovereignty of the United Kingdom-in other words, of the parliament at Westminster.
A Canadian flag will stand for national freedom, commonwealth fellowship and national unity, and be a rallying force in the defence of the nation. Furthermore, it is a natural consequence of the adoption of the statute of Westminster ten years ago, by which Canada was designated a sovereign nation.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first