Flag of Canada
|Design||A vertical bicolour triband of red, white, and red in the ratio 1:2:1, with a red maple leaf charged in the centre. |
The current flag is the first ever specified by law for use as the country's national flag. In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to resolve the issue, sparking a serious debate about a flag change to replace the Union Flag. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley, based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. The flag made its first official appearance on February 15, 1965; the date is now celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day. 
The maple leaf has long been a Canadian symbol. The official colors of Canada are red and white.