The special flag committee
In September 1964, a committee consisting of 15 Parliament members was announced as the special flag committee. This committee consisted of seven Liberals, five Conservatives (PC) and one each from the New Democratic Party (NDP), the Social Credit Party and the Ralliement créditiste.
It took 6 weeks, 35 lengthy meetings, and the review of thousands of flag proposals.
There were 3,541 entries.
2,136 contained maple leaves, 408 contained Union Jacks, 389 contained beavers, and 359 contained Fleurs-de-lys.
It was historian George Stanley who submitted the simple red and white maple leaf design in the final minutes of the debates. On October 22nd 1964, the final voting was held. The final two were the Pearson Pendant and Stanley’s Maple Leaf. The vote was unanimous, 15-0 for Stanley’s Maple Leaf.
After some more debates and votes, it became official, and on February 15, 1965, the flag made its inaugural debut.