The flag of Canada was officially adopted on February 15,1965.The Canadian Red Ensign,bearing the Union Jack and the shield of the royal arms of Canada,was lowered and then,on the stroke of noon,the new maple leaf flag was raised.The crowd sang the national anthem O Canada, followed by the royal anthem, God Save the Queen.The stylish red maple leaf has been the national symbol of Canada for over 150 years. Red and white are the official colors of Canada, proclaimed by King George V in 1921.
Following both World Wars legislative attempts were made by Parliament to come up with a national flag. Predictably it foundered on disagreements between English Canada and French, As the years passed, the unofficial Canadian Red Ensign moved closer and closer to official status. On February 15, 1965, however, the great debate ended with the adoption of the red and white flag bearing the maple leaf.
Canada's Provincial and Territorial Flag Stamps. Produced to celebrate Canada Day, July 1, 1979, this colourful sheet of stamp depicts the flags of the (then) 12 Provinces and Territories. Since then, Newfoundland and Labrador, here represented by the Union Jack (lower left), has its own new flag, and in 1999 the new territory of Nunavut was created.