The Canadian national flag is such a well known, iconic symbol that it is surprising to note that it was only officially adopted on 15th February 1965. Designed by George Stanley and based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, it was actually not the favoured one of then Canadian Premier Lester Pearson, who promoted the one below. The blue colours were a political sop to Quebec (whose flag was blue and white) which was particularly opposed to the continued use of the British red ensign (most of the rest of Canada was happy to continue using a flag with the Union flag in one corner as Australia and New Zealand did).
Pearson's choice, designed by Alan Beddoe,doesn't have anything like the impact of the winning one but Pearson, in a minority government was trying to keep Quebec happy.
Canada's flag until 1965
As our regular readers know Triple P has a strong affinity with Canada and has to congratulate them on selecting such and excellent flag 52 years ago today.