The forgotten runners-up to the Maple Leaf


Unlike almost anything else designed in the 1960s, the Canadian flag holds up surprisingly well after 50 years, particularly given the alternatives. For the Golden Anniversary of our national banner, I contacted the good people at the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections, keepers of the papers for former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

Amid the Dief’s nude Lois Lane drawings and vast collection of stolen cocktail napkins (possibly), he also kept a massive assortment of proposed flag designs submitted by 1960s-era Canadians.

Read the full story at the National Post (along with my expert analysis), but here are some of the most insane designs.