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Re: "Four Flags that almost became Canada's national flag," it is not true that the Pearson Pennant was "the PM's own design." The design which became known as the Pearson Pennant was created by Alan Beddoe. It was similar to a design he had previously shown to Pearson's predecessors, Louis St.Laurent and John Diefenbaker, without raising their interest in a new national flag. Beddoe introduced the design to Pearson during a meeting in early May 1964, and the PM was immediately taken with it. Beddoe subsequently became the chief artist and heraldic advisor to the parliamentary flag committee, priducing many of the artistic renderings considered by the committee, including the first graphic of the "Stanley design," the flag we recognize today.

Submitted by Margaret on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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