February 9, 2015
Today, I invite everyone in Parry Sound-Muskoka to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our national flag. Our flag is a symbol of our Canadian identity and a source of pride from coast to coast to coast.
Our flag was officially adopted on February 15th, 50 years ago and raised for the first time on Parliament Hill, across Canada and at Canadian missions around the world. Since 1965, the red and white maple leaf has been the most significant symbol of our identity and a source of inspiration and pride for us all.
To help mark this occasion, today I have sent a new Canadian flag to each of the high schools in Parry Sound-Muskoka, where I am sure they will be raised with great pride in celebration of this special anniversary.
You can show your pride by taking part in the “Share your moment with the flag” challenge. The challenge invites all Canadians to share a photo or a short video of themselves with the flag, to share it on social media (Twitter and Facebook) using the hashtag (#FLAG50) and to encourage their family and friends to do the same.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank you for helping Canadians celebrate our flag, and I wish you all a very happy 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada.
Tony Clement, MP
Parry Sound Muskoka