Many Canadians are aware that Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag is of relatively recent design. But few realize the design process took almost half of our nation’s life—75 years. In 1895, heraldry expert Edward Chadwick first recommended to Parliament that Canada depart from British Jacks and Ensigns and fly its own flag, based on a maple leaf design. Parliamentary committees struck in 1925 and 1946 failed to bring a design to a vote. The current design—a single red maple leaf within two red borders—owes its life to the government of Lester B. Pearson, who commissioned a search for a national emblem in early 1964. The design received Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II on January 28, 1965. Flying Colours International is proud to be an official provider of Canadian and provincial flags for federal and provincial governments, organizations and distributors worldwide, in sizes ranging from desktop to stadium-sized, and in fabrics offering the most durability and best value.