November 8, 1945 (20th Parliament, 1st Session)


Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to support on behalf of our party the resolution presented to the house in the name of the Prime Minister. I think the time has come, indeed in my opinion it came some years ago, when Canada should have a distinctive emblem of her nationhood. After all, this country has a magnificent history, and the steps which have been taken throughout several hundred years to reach the point where Canada in her own right is
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known among the nations of the world, are, I think, interesting to every historian wherever he may be found.
If we look back into the history of our country, and observe that the foundations of Canada were laid by divers types of persons- explorers and missionaries, traders and settlers -we realize that we have something of which we may be proud in the origin and in the building of our country. Our country symbolizes, I think, more than any other nation in the British commonwealth, the steps which have been taken throughout the years to create the free independent nations which comprise the British commonwealth of nations -the Quebec Act, the Constitutional Act, the Act of Union, and, following the Act of Union that great challenge to responsible government in our own country when the Rebellion Losses bill was approved by Lord Elgin and responsible government was established for all time in Canada; then the coming together of the various provinces in the Act of Confederation; and in 1931, the statute of Westminster, which clearly recognized that each nation of the British commonwealth was equal with every other nation of the British commonwealth. That being so, it has always seemed to me rather strange that Canada, which blazed the trail in so many respects, has lagged behind our sister nations of the commonwealth-South Africa, Australia, New Zealand-in acquiring and in recognizing a national symbol, a national flag.
I am very glad indeed that this resolution is before us. I think we should round it off as soon as possible by two other measures, one to recognize for the use of all Canadians a national anthem- .
As hon. MEMBER: We have one now.

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