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4. Flags, Crests and Official Designs

4.7. Canadian Flag Competition

George Stanley, Flag Artist

These two designs in red pencil are from the letter George Stanley sent to John Matheson, a member of the Flag Committee, on March 23, 1964.

After lengthy debates and arguments within the committee, a number of finalists were selected. There was considerable debate regarding a 13-point flag. During a meeting at the official residence of the prime minister, Jacque Saint-Cyr sketched the 11-point flag that appealed to Prime Minister Pearson, Matheson and Patrick Reid (commissioner for exhibits for the federal government). After lengthy debate in Parliament, the flag was approved December 15, 1965.