Proclamation by Prime
Minister Jean Chrétien:
National Flag of Canada Day February 15.
At the stroke of noon on February 15, 1965, Canada's red and
white maple leaf flag was raised for the very first time.
The flag belongs to all Canadians; it is an emblem we all
Although simple in design, Canada's flag well reflects the
common values we hold so dear: freedom, peace, respect,
justice and tolerance. Canada's flag is a symbol that unites
Canadians and expresses throughout the world and always our
pride in being Canadian.
The maple leaf flag pays homage to our geography, reflects
the grandeur of our history and represents our national
Our flag thus honours Canadians of all origins who through
their courage and determination, have helped to build and
are continuing to build our great country: a dynamic country
that is open to the future.
Therefore, I, Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada,
declare that February 15 will be celebrated henceforth as
National Flag of Canada Day.
Let us be proud of our flag! Let us recognize how privileged
we are to live in Canada, this magnificent country that
encompasses our history, our hopes, our future.
Prime Minister of Canada
February 15, 1996