That a Joint Committee of both Houses be appointed to design suitable armorial bearings for the General Synod, and that such Committee be authorized to obtain a formal grant of such arms if deemed necessary by the Committee. Message R
The Thirty-Fourth Session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada convened in the Commons Lounge, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, at 7:30 p.m. The President of the synod, Archbishop Michael Peers, reported that there was a quorum present (bishops, clergy and laity) and that the General Synod could proceed. He then declared the Thirty-Fourth Session of the General Synod to be constituted. Act 1
Honoured guests included the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable Romeo LeBlanc, her Excellency Madame Diana Fowler LeBlanc, Grandfather William Commanda of the Algonquian First Nation, Mr. Robert Watt, Chief Herald, and Mr. Charles Maier, Athabaska Herald.
During the celebration of the Holy Eucharist the Primate delivered the Presidential Address. Following the service the Governor General granted, and presented to the Primate, the Coat of Arms, Flag and Badge of the General Synod, as developed in co-operation with the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
That the report be received. CARRIED in both Houses.
A motion on the matter will be presented at a later session of the Synod. (See p. 78)
Report of the Committee on Church of England in Canada Flag
To the Most Reverend, the Primate, and Members of General Synod:
1. At the meeting of the Executive Council in November, 1953, the Executive Committee of the Council reported that it had received from the Synod of Montreal a letter, asking the General Synod "to give consideration to the adoption of a flag to be available for Church uses throughout Canada, following the practice of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America".
2. The Executive Committee approved this recommendation and on receiving the approval of the Executive Council at its meeting at Fort William, August 31st, 1953, appointed a sub-Committee to receive suggestions for a suitable design and to report back to the Committee.
Following correspondence with various flag manufacturers and others the sub-committee recommended that such proposed flag consist of the Cross of St. George in red on a white field as in the Church of England and in the Protestant Episcopal Church, but with the addition of a Maple Leaf superimposed at the centre of the Cross. Such a design was submitted to the Executive Council at its meeting in November, 1954, and on motion referred to the next session of the Synod.
3. We have ascertained that such a flag, 3 ft. by 6 ft., made of heavy gauge nylon, can be made for $10.50 to $11.50 each. Such flags would be suitable for interior or exterior use.
We are advised that the above cost would be relatively low compared with more complicated designs. Flown outdoors for 24 hours a day, it would last from 35 to 50 days, but when hung indoors it would last many years.
The colour of the four Maple Leaves in the Coat of Arms of the Church authorized in 1939, by the College of Heralds is designated in the grant as green and not in autumn tints as generally shown. There seems to be considerable opinion that the Maple Leaf in the flag should be gold. Some have expressed opinions in favour of placing the Maple Leaf in the first quarter.
We submit the following resolution for consideration of the Synod:
Moved by Chancellor R.V. Harris, seconded by Col. M.L. Douglas: "That the official flag of the General Synod be the Cross of St. George in red on a white field, with the addition of a gold maple leaf superimposed at the centre of the cross".