Our National Emblem September 27, 2000

'Open Letter' to federal political parties

With an upcoming federal election, an open letter has been forwarded to our federal parties asking them to take a position with regard to the Unity Flag. They will be given 30 days to answer this letter and their replies will be made public in our next press release Nov. 1st. A copy of this letter is attached for your review.

Equality and Recognition

Immediately after the last federal election, open letters were sent to the Reform Party and the Bloc Québécois asking for their support in recognizing the French Fact in Canada on our National Emblem. During the election campaign, Reform preached about 'equality' while the Bloc rediscovered the French Fact 'outside Quebec', in particular with the Hôpital Montfort situation. Reform replied that our red and white flag properly represented the French, while the Bloc, after 3 years of follow-up letters, have never answered even though they had promised to do so "in the most brief delay". Now all parties are being asked to state whether ‘Yes or No’ they support the recognition of the French Fact in Canada on our National Emblem.

Maple Leaf

When Canadians were looking for a symbol to replace the 'Beaver' (representing the fur trade) French-Canadians promoted the 'Maple Leaf' (for the sugar industry) back in the early 1800s. The maple leaf was finally accepted among English-Canadians in the 1850s and has now come to signify our great country, its vast land and resources, and notably our First Nations who are 'one with the land'.


Canada's 'red and white' colours were England's former colours and given to us by King George V in 1921 because they didn't need them anymore. St. George's Cross had long been replaced by the Union Jack who's blue colours (St. Andrew's Cross) symbolized the Scots, thereby recognizing their union on their National Emblem.


For additional information please contact: Hank Gigandet TRCF 514-747-1571

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TRCF Committee Sept. 27, 2000

To the honourable and distinguished Leaders and their Party:

Mrs. Alexa McDonough, The New Democratic Party of Canada

M. Jean Chrétien The Liberal Party of Canada

Mr. Joe Clark The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Mr. Stockwell Day The Canadian Alliance

M. Gilles Duceppe Le Bloc Québécois

Mr. Paul Hellyer The Canadian Action Party


Dear Distinguished Leaders and Members of Parliament,

This is an 'Open Letter' which has been attached to a 'Press Release' and distributed through the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. A copy of the 'Press Release' is attached for your review. It is in regards to a Unity Flag which was created in 1994 as a consequence of the failure of both the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords.

The Unity Flag has gained precious ground most recently and over time has made its way in numerous public events where many Canadians have acknowledged the merits of its symbolism. Some of you and many of your fellow parliamentarians have also expressed a keen interest in it.

All parties have been made aware of the Unity Flag through correspondence and by handouts, most of you from its early beginning 6 years ago. The Unity Flag's time has come and with the possibility of a federal election very shortly, it is time to make a decision with regards to it. Since this is not an entirely new issue for you, we respectfully ask that you come to a decision and reply to us within 30 days stating your party's position. On November 1st. a new 'Press Release' will be distributed with your replies. Those who deem that the recognition of the French Fact in Canada is not important enough and fail to answer, will be noted as such. Consequently the Unity Flag and the possibility of renewing our National Emblem, will be an election issue.

The Unity Flag, a brief review

With all the diversity of cultures in our great country, we fall under 2 official language groups, French and English-speaking people. The Unity Flag reflects this duality by adding a 'Touch of Blue' to our National Emblem. Approximately 25% of the borders have been recoloured blue to represent the French Fact in Canada. It symbolizes French and English-speaking people together, encouraging unity and harmony and making our flag even more beautiful, all without losing our own identity.

The big proud red Maple Leaf continues to symbolize our great country, its vast land and resources and notably our First Nations.

The two questions put forth to you and your party, are the following:

  1. With regards to the merits of the Unity Flag in recognizing the French Fact in Canada and in symbolizing French and English-speaking people together, would you and your party, if elected, give serious consideration to renewing our National Emblem in recognition of our linguistic duality across Canada, from sea to shining seas? Yes or No?
  1. Would you and your party be ready to champion the cause of the Unity Flag by proposing to renew our National Emblem and challenge the other federal parties to follow suit in the forthcoming election? Yes, No or Possibly?

As mentioned above, your replies should be limited to the terms (Yes, No or Possibly) following each question, and received on or before October 31, 2000 as this poll will be published by a follow-up 'Press Release' on November 1st. Please reply by email for expediency.


Yours truly,




Hank Gigandet

TRCF Committee

P.O. Box 33015 email:

Ottawa, On, K2C 3Y9 web:


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