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

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Mr. COLD WELL@

My hon. friend1 says the lion rampant, and that more nearly fits his speeches at times than the cross of St. Andrew. At any rate, if the cross of St. George and the lion rampant may 'be flown as distinctive of England and Scotland respectively, why should there be objection anywhere in Canada to our having a distinctive flag, a flag that is as distinctively Canadian as the cross of St. George is distinctive of England?
I do not want to prolong the discussion, but on behalf of my friends and myself I simply say that we support the resolution. We do so not only because we in this house believe that it is a resolution that should be supported, but because those who have sent us here believe so. For years our national conventions have passed resolutions urging the adoption of a Canadian flag, and1 we speak therefore not only for ourselves but for those who have sent us here.
I am glad indeed that a committee is to be set up. I hope it will not be in a hurry to choose a flag which might prove to be not sufficiently distinctive. Even though it may involve a little delay in the examination of the
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many suggestions that come to the committee, every effort should foe made to see to it that we have a flag that is distinctive of Canada, because whatever we do now will affect generations to come. We should seek to have a flag which we may be proud of, which future generations may revere, and in which they may take full pride as members of the Canadian nation.

Topic:   CANADIAN FLAG
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO CONSIDEB AND REPORT ON SUITABLE DESIGN
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