I’m all for letting the world know that Canada has a diverse infrastructure of culture, particularly French, but to fly a flag that is not our ‘true’ national flag at such a public event seems sacrilege to me.
I was stunned when my partner called me in to the room yesterday to view this red and blue version of our Canadian flag flying high at the Montreal Grand Prix. Isn’t there a law against this? I don’t know about you, but our flag is our flag – no one has the right to modify it to suit their own agenda and apparently that’s what it is.
From what I understand it started in 1995 when Hank Gigandet started parading his newly designed flag around as part of the second Quebec referendum. Apparently the flag has its own following and has been gaining momentum having a website and even a facebook page to gain awareness of the new flag proposal.
If you ask me, there is nothing wrong with our existing flag and I don’t believe a flag other than our true flag should be flown at national events, it sends the wrong impression to the world. If the government decides to change the flag so be it. But while those changes are being proposed (and in this case it is not our government doing so), that flag should be kept under wraps.
I realize we are officially a bilingual country with as mentioned earlier a diverse multi-cultural population, but to give presence to one over another on our Canadian Flag. The next thing you know there will be flags popping up with every nationality’s colours added to our flag. We are Canadian! The red flag is CANADIAN. Keep it that way!
Why should the Canadian flag signify anything other than CANADA?