The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark National Flag of Canada Day:
“Today, I join Canadians at home and abroad in celebrating the 51st anniversary of our national flag.
“The Maple Leaf is a powerful symbol that unites Canadians across the country and around the world. It has been worn by our astronauts in space, by the brave women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces, and thousands of backpackers around the globe. Our flag has been planted on Mount Everest, raised over Olympic podiums, and proudly flown at our embassies.
“No matter where the Maple Leaf flies, our flag represents the values that our country holds most dear: peace, freedom, respect, compassion, and diversity. As Canada moves towards a greater leadership role in the world, I am confident that our flag will remain synonymous with these cherished Canadian values.
“On this important day, I invite all Canadians to take part in Canadian Heritage’s ‘Share your Moment with the Flag’ Challenge, to celebrate our national flag and what it stands for.”