A Very British Coup: Canadianism, Quebec, and Ethnicity in the Flag Debate, 1964-1965

  title={A Very British Coup: Canadianism, Quebec, and Ethnicity in the Flag Debate, 1964-1965},
  author={Chris Champion},
  journal={Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'{\'e}tudes canadiennes},
  pages={68 - 99}
  • C. Champion
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Art
  • Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes
It is usually assumed that the flag debate of 1964 was about replacing an outmoded British vision of Canada with the distinctive Canadianism of the Maple Leaf. In fact, the debate was not between "British" and "Canadian," but between rival interpretations of Canadianism. Britishness and Canadianness were interpenetrated in both flags. Even if the overt Britishness of the Red Ensign was downgraded, the new flag was a less dramatic break with the past than is commonly thought. If it was not… 

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