Canadian Flag: The Maple Leaf

David Crombie speaking about the Canadian Flag. He served as Mayor of Toronto from 1972 to 1978 and as Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988, during which time he served in three different federal Cabinet posts - Minister of Health and Welfare, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Secretary of State. In 2005, David Crombie became an Officer of the Order of Canada. The official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian flag was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965.

Royal Ontario Museum
Hon David Crombie: President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)

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Most flags are about the history or the culture or the ideology or all three of the place that it represents, go down any… We are a single maple leaf that is extraordinary, a very unusual symbol. What it tells us is that while history may be unclear to us, our connection with nature is very strong, very, very strong. Not in everybody and not all the time but it is deep and it can be evoked easily.

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