Here is what the newspaper said:
Mr. Pearson's statement on the necessity of a national flag got a favourable reaction in the capital. However, it was noted that in his interview with the students at the Montreal reform club, the Liberal leader was careful to add: "Perhaps discussions should be held to determine whether or not the union jack should be included in the flag". A Conservative noted for his nationalistic sympathies, made the following comment: "Mr. Pearson is giving, in Quebec, assurances to a certain well-known English speaking group-
Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the hon. member for Essex East (Mr. Martin) to remain in the house if possible, because I would be very happy to hear what he has to say about this question of a distinctive national flag, to find out what he means by a distinctive national flag. It seems to me that the question we are now discussing is of such importance that he should not leave the house, but that, on the contrary, he should tell us what he understands by distinctive. I think he is showing a lack of courage, and I will continue:
-A Conservative noted for his nationalistic sympathies, made the following comment: Mr. Pearson is giving, in Quebec, assurances to a certain well-known English speaking group. That is to say, he supports (or at least does not squarely come out against) the avowed opinion of Jack Pickersgill and James Sinclair in this matter. This is not what the people of Quebec had expected, steadfastly dedicated to the adoption of a distinctive national flag, one without any trace of subservience to any other country. A Liberal said to us: "H Mr. Pearson came out in favour of the union jack on our national flag, he should have remained silent. This will do more harm than good to the Quebec Liberals."
Mr. Speaker, today the Leader of the Opposition is again favouring a distinctive national flag, but I would like him to be here in this house to tell us what he means by "distinctive", to hear him say whether he still holds the same opinions he had a few years ago, that is to say in 1958. It is really unfortunate that the Leader of the Opposition, who toured the province of Quebec lately and supported the idea of a distinctive national flag, should not be here to tell us what he means by "distinctive". He did not go out of the house as the hon. member for Essex East (Mr. Martin) did. He simply is not here.
It is unfortunate, Mr. Speaker, because we know to what extent the Liberal party has completely transformed itself since it has been in the opposition, and that it is now in favour of a distinctive national flag.
I do hope, Mr. Speaker, that this motion will be passed, so that this committee of
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Provision for National Flag and Anthem both houses may be set up as soon as possible, in order that the outstanding personalities of the Canadian nation may be heard with a view to adopting as early as possible a distinctive national flag and a national anthem, that is to say "O Canada".
Subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR A NATIONAL FLAG OF CANADA OFFICIAL NATIONAL ANTHEM