While there had previously been discussion about a design for the new flag the official debate started on June 15, 1964 when Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson introduced it to the House of Commons.
Originally around 3,500 different designs for the new flag were submitted, with the winning entry coming from George Stanley. In 1965 Queen Elizabeth II would officially proclaim the Maple Leaf flag as the Canadian national flag.
The Musée Héritage Museum remembers this event each July 1 as we revive the “Great Flag Debate” at the Little White School. This contest asks children step back in time and create a Canadian flag design that will be considered by a panel of judges.