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Rediscovery of the 1965 original flag (Canada)

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Reported on the national TV news (15 February 2000) was the "discovery" of the first Canadian maple leaf flag. The flag was first flown on 15 February, 1965, but no-one seemed to know what happened to the actual flag that was raised on that day. It turns out that the the then-prime minister, Lester B. Pearson, took the flag and put it up in the Liberal Party caucas board room, where it has been ever since. A newspaper reporter started digging, and found it. The modern Liberals (again the governing party) claim that they knew that was the original flag all along, and have now donated it to a heritage museum. Of course the opposition parties all cried foul, claiming the Liberals had deliberately hidden it.
Rob Raeside, 16 February 2000

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