Mr. T. A. KIDD (Kingston City):
After what was said this afternoon at three o'clock, Mr. Speaker, I wish to say that I do not agree with all the statements that have been made so far, and for that reason I ask the indulgence of the house for a moment or two to present my views. The resolution as we have it at the moment is as follows:
That in the opinion of this house, it is expedient that Canada possess a distinctive national flag and that a joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons be appointed to consider and report upon a suitable design for such a flag;
That standing order 65 of the House of Commons be suspended in relation thereto;
That the said committee have power to send for persons, papers and records to aid in the discharge of its functions; and
That a message be sent to the senate to inform their honours that the House of Commons has appointed this committee and to request their # honours to appoint members of the senate to act thereon with the members of the House of Commons as a joint committee of both houses.
This resolution is divided in two parts. First, it states that in the opinion of this house it is expedient that Canada should possess a distinctive national flag; second, that in the opinion of this house a joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons should be appointed to consider and report
upon a suitable design for such flag. This is not the first or second time a resolution concerning the flag has appeared on the order paper. If, sir, you turn back the pages of. the debates in this House of Commons you will find that during the 'past twenty years the flag question has come up many times; but there is a difference between the resolution of to-day and those which were presented on previous occasions. This resolution is sponsored by the government. On previous occasions such resolutions were sponsored by private members, as was explained this afternoon by the acting leader of the house (Mr. Mackenzie). In 1938, seven years ago, the resolution was sponsored by Mr. Cameron R. McIntosh, then member for North Battleford. That resolution, which appears at page 411 of Hansard for 1938, was as follows:
That, in the opinion of this house, a special select committee be appointed for the purpose of considering the advisability of adopting a distinctive Canadian flag, representing Canada as a whole, thereby symbolizing the dominion senior partner in the British commonwealth of nations.
This resolution only called for the appointment of a special select committee. Although it became what is called a perennial resolu- [DOT] tion, coming up at many sessions, at no time was it acceptable to the house; in every case it was turned down.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO CONSIDEB AND REPORT ON SUITABLE DESIGN