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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, February 14, 1975 The new flag No fuss 10 years later By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) Exactly 10 years will have elapsed Saturday since that awesome and angry argument subsid- ed on Parliament Hill and Canada's new maple leaf flag was eased up a pole for the first time. There now are high school students who cannot remember any other flag. And few probably remember the anger, the anguish and even the tears that accom- panied its birth "It is an shouted an angry Jack Mclntosh, then Conservative MP from Swift Current-Maple Creek, who wanted nothing to do with this proposed "Pearson pennant." "The Liberals are determined to strip us of all our declared an enraged John Diefenbaker. "This flag conveys nothing of our history." John Matheson, then Liberal MP for Leeds and now a county court judge, was a chief architect of the flag that prime minister Lester Pearson so desperately wanted. And he stood in the House, with tears on his cheeks, pleading for its acceptance. "I plead, I beg with you to un- derstand what this means for the country we love." Understanding was hard to come by in those incredible six months of heated hollering, and even hatred, that dominated Parliament. It spilled out of the chamber into the corridors; long friendships were strained; the flag that Mr. Pearson saw as a unifying influence was bring- ing oul racial slurs before it ever flew. The issue was simple: most Liberals were emphasizing the need for a new flag; most Conservatives wanted the Red Ensign retained. Pearson's dream A new flag had been a dream of Mr. Pearson's for years. "We need a flag that clearly says 'Canada' and means the same to all Canadians regardless of ethnic origin." It was high on his list of priorities when he be- came prime minister, with a minority government, in 1963. Long before the flag debate, sketches were being drawn by Mr. Matheson and two experts in heraldry employed by the government. The one that caught Mr. Pearson's eye was a design featuring three leaves on a white background with two blue bars at the side. "That flag shall never declared John Diefenbaker to a reporter. He was right. But the red and white design was hoisted a year later, on Feb. 15, 1965. Mr. Diefen- baker didn't like the new one any better than Mr. Pear- son's original favorite. And he still doesn't. "The new flag has done nothing for Canadian Mr. Diefenbaker now says. "I wanted a [lag that would reflect the basic ancestory of our country. This one com- mands little or no universal approval." The country learned there would be a new flag on May 17, 1964, when Mr. Pearson went to Winnipeg to speak to the Royal Canadian Legion. designs More than designs were submitted by the public, some ingenious, some outrageous. And many were similar to the that had been submitted to a sirriilar committee in except no one duplicated the classic design of a woman in evening dress holding a beaver on a leash. Finally, the vote came down to a choice between the original Pearson proposal and the red and white design. The five Conservatives, assuming the Liberals would con- tinue to plump for the original design, all chose the red and white. They didn't know about the plot, and the new design was selected by a vote of 14-0. Late one night in the Commons, after 279 speeches, the flag was finally approved.' The Liberals jumped to their feet, throwing papers around, and began singing 0 Canada. The enraged Conservatives had no choice but to stand at attention. When the new flag was first raised during a ceremony on Parliament Hill, attending by Mr. Pearson was careful not to reopen any political wounds. "There are many in this country who regret the replacement of the Red Ensign their feelings and emotions should be honored and respected...." Sears CORRECTION On Page 22 of our "Easy Living Sale" flyer which was included with Saturday, February 8th Leth- bridge Herald, the following item should have read Automatic Washer Model 267 423 620 DL in OHftSB White. Each .............................31 9 Color models S10 more. Election spending curbed TORONTO (CP) Ontario has set limits on amounts political parties may spend on media advertising for provin- cial election campaigns, Premier William Davis said Thursday. In announcing the move to the legislature, the premier said introduction of spending ceilings and mandatory dis- closure of political contributions means Ontario will have "the most open political system in the country." The spending ceilings, bas- ed on 21i cents per voter, would permit each of the three ma- jor provincial parties to spend upwards of million on general advertising cam- paigns. Another 25 cents per constituency voter could be spent by each candidate. Premier Davis -said there were about 4.5 million eligible voters in Ontario at the time of the federal election of last July. He said key provisions of the bill relating to disclosure of contributions of more than and limitations imposed on political contributions will be effective immediately. Cuban deal flounders WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) A Toledo Scales official says a deal to sell worth of scales and equipment to Cuba has floundered because several United States-based parts manufacturers can not get approval from Washington. Ken Baldock, controller lor the Windsor firm, a subsidiary of Reliance Electric Ltd. in the U.S., said today the Cana- dian government approached the parent firm months ago to see if the deal could be arranged. It is illegal for U.S. firms to trade with Cuba under the Trading With the Enemy Act. Lewis oul TORONTO (CP) Stephen Lewis said Friday he has no intention of seeking the lead- ership of the federal arm of the New Democratic Party. "Not in a thousand he said, when asked whether he would contest the race for the federal leadership next July. Mr. Lewis, leader of the On- tario NDP and son of federal party leader Stephen Lewis who was defeated at the polls last year, said he finds it dif- ficult enough to combine his existing job with family responsibilities. BBC Realty income up VANCOUVER (CP) The trustees of Bank of British Columbia Realty Investors announced this week net in- come for the second year of operation was J2.106.920 com- pared to in 1973. Total assets rose to (73.9 million in 1974 from million in 1973, reflecting a net increase of million, while outstanding com- mitments as of Dec. 31, 1974 were 7 million. 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