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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Maple Leaf flag, the author and editor Rick Archbold discusses his biography, A Flag for Canada (Stanton Atkins & Dosil, 2008), as well as his editing of notable Canadian political books, and more, with Joseph Planta.


A Flag for Canada by Rick Archbold (Stanton Atkins & Dosil, 2008).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: A Flag for Canada


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

This Sunday, we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian flag. A book that’s been re-released in celebration of this milestone is the remarkable book, A Flag for Canada. It’s from the publisher Stanton Atkins & Dosil, who we’ve come to know for marvellous books featuring gorgeous photography, ephemera, art and posters. The book’s author Rich Archbold joins me now, and we’ll talk about his biography of the maple leaf symbol that was first raised on Parliament Hill on 15 February 1965. The red and white flag has become unmistakable with being Canadian, and we see in Mr. Archbold’s book how quickly that happened. But it’s also interesting for the back story, of what we used for a flag from colonial times, to the fierce debate that ensued when Lester Pearson first broached the idea of a new standard for Canada. I’ll get Mr. Archbold to tell us about the opposition Pearson had from John Diefenbaker, and what Mr. Diefenbaker thought of the maple leaf. Rick Archbold is a Toronto based writer and editor whose work reflects his fascination with Canadian history and politics. He edited The Museum Called Canada, and wrote The Discovery of the Titanic with Robert Ballard, Robert Bateman’s Natural Worlds, and Conversations with Mummies, with Rosalie David. He’s edited books by Eugene Whelan, Audrey McLaughlin, John Sawatsky, and Kim Campbell. Visit www.flagforcanada.ca for more. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Toronto today, Rick Archbold; Mr. Archbold, good morning.

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