Yeah! The REAL flag of the Dominion of Canada
The Maple Leaf Forever.
True Canada lives!
The Red Ensign! I love seeing it!
God save the Red Ensign.
The Red Ensign was never officially adopted by the Canadian Parliment. It has not been used since 1965. A very odd choice. As a recently retired officer in the Canadian Forces, I was proud that I served under the Maple Leaf flag for which Canada is now known. The Red Enisgn is not the "real flag" of Canada. It is a historical flag that deserves respect BUT does no loger represents Canada.
But surely the sensus catolicus approach would be to embrace what was continuously customary rather than a legalistic embrace of a, then, novel ensign by Parliament! Likewise with the liturgy: custom immemorial trumps legislative edict.
Test the sensus and show it the Red Ensign flag to most Canadians and they will have no clue what it is. Also, Canada has long seen its national symbol as the Maple Leaf. From the carvings of Canadian troops in the trenches of Vimmy Ridge to the unoffical anthem, the Maple Leaf forever, to the Queen's Canadian Coat of Arms; the Maple Leaf has had a special place in Canada's sensus catolicus. In my experience Red Ensign fans usually have a bizzzare monarchy fetish and tend to think of themselves as a mere colony of Britian, thus ignoring other aspects of its heritage (i.e. French Catholic. The Red Ensign is one for the history books!
The 'Red Ensign'! This American likes it!This is the flag that St. Andre Bessette knew. 'The Maple Leaf Forever' was the anthem he would have heard, though he never listened to the radio in his lifetime.He was born in the reign of Queen Victoria, and died in the reign of her great-grandson, King George VI. Once he received a visit from the Anglican Chaplain of George V-he heard the greetings from the King, but politely told the chaplain, 'Excuse me, I have sick people I must see', then left him.St. Andre Bessette, beloved Brother Andre, please pray for Canada, both French and English-speaking!Barb in NY