Dear Editor, When Canada wins gold at the Olympics, we watch proudly as the Maple Leaf flag is raised high. There would be uproar if Ottawa had Britain's Union Jack hoisted at the medal ceremony, instead. Yet federal rules require the UK flag be flown to mark our holiday on Monday.
But Victoria Day does not celebrate the birth of the queen of the United Kingdom (Britain does that in June). It marks the birth of the sovereign of Canada. Monarchists, themselves, argue strenuously that the "Canadian monarchy" is distinct from Britain's.
If we must mark the birth of the queen of Canada (and that's another issue), why fly the flag of one of her foreign realms? It makes as much sense to fly the flag of Jamaica! The Maple Leaf should be the only flag used for a Canadian holiday.
Let's nudge the government to change its antiquated flag policy. Until then, get your Union Jack ironed and ready. On Monday, it'll be time, once more, to unfurl it for our foreign-born, overseas head of state. And keep that flag handy. No doubt you'll want it to cheer Canada's Olympians, this summer.
Wayne AdamToronto, ON
2 Lount St.Toronto, ON M4J 5A2416-990-8900
By Wayne Adam