The General Secretary presented information had had received regarding protocol to be observed in flying the new Canadian flag, although not ratified as yet by the Government.
That this material be appended to the minutes. CARRIED
Following a further brief discussion, it was moved by Archdeacon Crosthwait, seconded by Bishop Snell,
That the matter be reopened. CARRIED
Moved by the Prolocutor, seconded by Lt. Col. Mitchell,
That the material under discussion be tabled. CARRIED
"PROTOCOL about use of the CANADIAN FLAG and the UNION JACK, which is presently followed but has not yet been ratified by the Federal Government:
The following four conditions govern flag flying in Canada:
1) The Canadian flag is to be flown on the main flag staff.
2) At locations where a second flag staff exits, the Union Jack may be flown on the second mast only. Flags may be at the same level; the underlying principle being that the Canadian flag is to be predominant.
3) The Union Jack should not replace the Canadian flag, When the Queen visits Canada, her own standard is flown at the place where she is staying.
4) Where flag displays or decorations are being used, there should be an adequate use of the Union Jack but not in substitution for or to a greater degree than the use of the Canadian flag. In such displays the Canadian flag is to be placed in the predominant position.
In church halls or in public places where more than one flag is flown, the Canadian flag should occupy the predominant position. It should be at the immediate right of any speaker; that is, his right.
In churches, the Canadian flag should be on the left side of the audience which is facing the altar; in other words, at the right side of the altar.
NEC resolution #42-05-93 was quoted for information as follows:
That this NEC, in its application to the Canadian Heraldic Authority, request the grant of a badge as well as a flag and a coat of arms.
That NEC ask the Canadian Heraldic Authority to grant the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada the historic Coat of Arms granted on English authority, the sole difference being to incorporate present usage by describing the leaves as "vert" rather than "proper." CARRIED #03-11-94
That NEC request the Canadian Heraldic Authority to approve the Anglican Church of Canada flag in common usage and a badge with the Cross of St. George with four green leaves and stems coming from the Cross, on a white background. CARRIED #04-11-94
Presentation at General Synod 1995 : The General Secretary advised that the Governor General of Canada will be invited to General Synod 1995 in Ottawa to present the Coat of Arms, Flag and Badge to the Anglican Church of Canada.
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".