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


John Ritchie MacNicol

Progressive Conservative


Well, Mr. Speaker, this
argument commenced when I started to ask what would be on the flag, but I will forget about that for a moment.
On twelve of the principal national flags in the world there are horizontal bars, each flag having three. I will not support any flag that has only horizontal bars on it; red, white and blue; red, white and black; yellow, pink and green or anything else. Five of them

Canadian Flag
have perpendicular bars, and five have perpendicular or horizontal bars with something superimposed. I would not support any flag like that; I would not want to live in a country that had a flag like that. Flags of that kind did not cut much of a figure in the recent war. The flags that cut the figure were the stars and stripes south of the line and the union jack or the Canadian flag north of the line. Those were the flags that won out in the end, not these barred flags, which really represent little.
What I really want to know from these hon. gentlemen who are advocating a distinctive flag is, what do they mean by that and what do they want on it? They are opposed to anything pertaining to the union jack being on it-I have just said that again-but what do they want on it? We on this side of the house will go the limit to see that the union jack is on any flag that flies over this country.
I do not know t-iat there is much more I can say. One thing is certain; I will go before the committee when it is set up to argue that any flag flying over this country shall have on it the union jack in the most prominent place, the upper Left hand corner next to the flag staff. I am not going to take any further time, because if I did I would set out the arguments I am going to advance before the committee.

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