February 14, 1962

PC

Louis Fortin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fortin:

It does not amount to much.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal party, has proposed a distinctive national flag, through its leader-

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

Joseph Aimé Roger Parizeau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Parizeau:

But the second in command has said that we should have two.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

When our leader promised a flag, he was sincere and he said so in all parts of Canada, on numerous occasions.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

Louis-Joseph Pigeon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pigeon:

The deputy leader said two.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

He promised it on several occasions.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

Louis Fortin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fortin:

Like many other promises he has made.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

Two years after the Liberal party takes office, we shall have our flag.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

Louis Fortin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fortin:

He has proposed that a referendum be held four years later-

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

Mr. Speaker, that is the opinion of our leader.

I shall now give you the opinion of the Prime Minister by reading the statement he made about a distinctive national flag. That statement, which can be found at page 2088 of the official report for November 13, 1945, was made during the debate on a resolution that had been submitted to the house, and I quote:

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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An hon. Member:

A resolution that the Liberals killed.

Flags of Canada

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

Here is what the present Prime Minister said, as can be ascertained from page 2089 of the official report for November 13, 1945:

I cannot see eye-to-eye with those who say we must not have a national flag. On the other hand, I cannot see eye-to-eye-and my sentiments so carry me that I must be restrained when I say this-with those who would deny the union jack a permanent and a prominent place on the flag of this country; and the place of honour on any flag is the upper quarter. I stand today where Mr. Bennett stood in 1938. I do not deny to any group in parliament the authority, but I challenge their right considering the need of maintaining our unity to father a flag which, in omitting the union jack, will disrupt and divide this dominion. Some say, why not compromise? I will compromise on anything but, speaking for myself, not to the extent of the removal of the union jack from our national flag.

That is what the Prime Minister said in the house. I do not think that he has changed his mind since then.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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An hon. Member:

In what year did he make that statement?

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

As I said earlier, it was on November 13, 1945, as reported on page 2089 of Hansard.

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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LIB

Léonard-David Sweezey Tremblay

Liberal

Mr. Tremblay:

What did Louis St. Laurent

say?

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

This is the attitude of our leader-

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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PC

Louis-Joseph Pigeon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pigeon:

Your leader is not a leader, he is a nonentity.

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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

That is what the present Prime Minister of Canada said; on the other hand, the statement made by our leader-

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
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LIB

Léonard-David Sweezey Tremblay

Liberal

Mr. Tremblay:

Which one?

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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

The greatest leader the Liberal party ever had-

Topic:   FLAGS OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR REFERENDUM ON ADOPTION OF CANADIAN FLAG
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February 14, 1962