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Red Ensign

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

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  1. glenn laine from waterloo, Canada writes: Heritage. It's often said that we as Canada have none. As a country we have seen incredible change in the face and the make-up of the nation. As a young boy there was a picture of a young man at the top of the stairs at my grand mothers house who perished in world war 2. This man Raymond Thompson, my grand mothers brother perished fighting for Queen and Country. The Canadian ideals of fairness, inclusiveness and multi-culturism were born from the gallant victories Canada has achieved on the battlefield. Mr. Thompson dies under the red ensign. We as Canadians like to complain. Personally I would never join the military to fight in Afghanistan however if asked I would go out of a sense of duty if for no other reason. I feel it is important that newer Canadians get to share in the trials we have faced as a nation and honoring the red ensign is one way to do so.
  2. Frank Madigan from Capreol, Canada writes: I do not want to give too much credit to Harper for allowing the Red Ensign to fly over Vimy...He probably did it to iritate the libs. However, if he really wanted to irritate the libs more and help out history he would pay the money to have the Americans erase the Maple Leaf on there maps of Normandy on June 6th and put back the Red Ensign on Juno. The Maple leaf didn't exist then.

    As to Vimy, the rememberance and the hype... a few dollars for the surviving veterans of WW11 to give them single rooms in a shelter (Old age home) would show me he means it when he says he remembers. The libs missed the opportunity for the WW1 and we all ignore those stil in England.

    We haven't done well by those who gave their youth for us.
  3. Lucille strath Strath from Lakefield, Canada writes: Several years ago, I came across a picture in our local newspaper of a Canadian soldier placing the red ensign at the top of Vimy Ridge. Could anyone tell me where I can get a copy of this picture? Could anyone identify the soldier carrying the flag?
  4. Jack Frost from Toronto, Canada writes: Vimy is an important reminder for all Canadians of the sacrifices our soldiers made in the wars in which Canada has participated. I often feel our soldiers' sacrifices are slowly being forgotten with the rapidly changing population in Canada. I feel kind of awkward mentioning this, but also feel it must be said....My wife and I attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies in downtown Toronto each year, and over the years I keep noticing the vast majority of people who observe the ceremonies are white. We notice several non-white people who walk right by....which to me is really sad, because the main reason we have this great country that everyone seems to want to come to, is because of the men who lost their lives in those wars. My wife and I live and work downtown, and I can assure you, there are plenty of visible minorities in the downtown core - so it's not a situation where everyone downtown is white. You can call me whatever you want, but I'm just telling it like it is. Before anyone criticizes me for this comment, ask yourself when was the last time you honoured these men by attending one of the Remembrance Day ceremonies. I would be a strong supporter of an increased focus on Canadian history in classrooms across the nation. Making the courses compulsory for more than just one or two "credits" in highschool. After all, how can we know where we're going, if we don't know where we've been...?
  5. Andrew Beckett from Montreal, Canada writes: I believe that we should return to having the Red Ensign as our official flag.
    It is the the only flag that Canada has acheived military victory and international acclaim under.

    The Red Ensign stands for individual responsibility and dignity, while the current "official" flag represents a welfare state of meaningless platitudes.
  6. Doreen Braverman from Vancouver, Canada writes: Your state that the Red Ensign shield with the provinces was replaced by the Canadian coat of arms and remained Canada's unofficial flag until 1965. There is one detail missing. The coat of arms of 1922 had three green leaves. The colour of the leaves was changed to red in 1957.

    Doreen Braverman
    The Flag Shop
  7. John Wood from Morinville, Canada writes: Re. green maple leaves changed 1957 to red, by what authority was the change made? Who commissioned Allan Beddoe to make the change?

    If the Red Ensign was proclaimed Canada's official National flag in 1945 by Gov-Gen signed Order-In-Council, and cannot be recinded by parliament, neither can any part of the flag be changed, particularly the (natural/normal)green maple leaves.
  8. Bill Bishop from Maple Ridge B.C., Canada writes: Sir J.G. Bourinot wrote in "How Canada is governed(1895)" under "Executive Power" with regards to the Dominion Goverment and the National flag, QUOTE " The Dominion of Canada has also authority to display on all national occasions a national flag, viz., the Red or Blue Ensign... The Red Ensign is displayed at the opening and closing of parliament, and on all national occasions. The Blue Ensign is a distinguishing flag of the government vessals of Canada; the mercantile marine of the Dominion has a right to use the Red Ensign." Sir John George Bourinot, 1837-1902, Canadian historian and political scientist. He is remembered as an authority on the Canadian constitution and government. His "Local Government in Canada(1887), Manual of the Constitutional History of Canada(1888, rev.ed. 1901), How Canada Governed (1895, rev.ed.1918)", and other books are still authoritative... It would be only fair to make sure that it becomes common knowledge that with the passage of time the true perspective on the creation of the current national flag of Canada and the great emotion and sadness that accompanied the moment has in many ways been purposly hidden, lied about, overlooked and in many cases forgotten. In June 1964 the Toronto Telegram wrote "The people of Canada should be able to decide whether or not they wish to live under the flag of thier forebearers or dicard it in favor of a new emblem...Mr. Pearson has an enviable reputation for sagacity and diplomacy. Let him now demonstrate it once again. Let him ask the people by referendum weather they want to replace the banner that carries the symbals of our nationhood by one that is mounted on the colour of surrender and would be most suitable for an aboretum." The Vancouver Province wrote "Canadians who are outraged at the thought of abandoning a flag sanctified by the lives and blood of thousands of our countrymen in in two great wars a flag of colour and character in every way superior to the glorified dish towel ect ect.

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