No I am not 55 today it is not my Birthday but that of the Canadian Flag which was proclaimed on 15 February 1965 today.
Parliament in Ottawa had debated this question for years, Canada needed to get rid of the old British Red Ensign flag with its colonial undertones and have its own distinct flag as a Sovereign Country.
It was under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson that we finally got our own flag. The colours symbolize the two founding nations France and England (White and Red) but it is also the colours of St-George a patron Saint in Normandy and in England. The Maple Leaf is the ancient symbol of Canada since always. In terms of Heraldic symbolism expert agree that the design is clean and easily recognizable by all.