7. Should there be blue or would that make it look too American?
Blue’s associated with oceans and Quebec as well as the United Nations and peacekeeping.
But if the flag was red, white and blue, it would be adopting American colours.
6. If the maple leaf was included, how many should there be? Pearson liked a design with three leaves and blue bands that became known as the "Pearson Pennant.”
Critics argued this cluster of maple leaves reminded them of a bunch of poison ivy.
3. How about the maple leaf as a symbol. It was the overwhelming favorite as a national symbol from the designs mailed in, appearing on 2,136 suggestions.
The maple leaf has been a Canadian emblem since the 1700s and was used on the uniforms of Canadian soldiers in two world wars, as well as Olympic athletes.
It was featured on the coats of arms of Canada, Ontario and Quebec and The Maple Leaf Forever” is an unofficial national anthem in English-speaking Canada.
It also had both French and English roots. Stanley noted that, back in 1806, the Quebecois newspaper Le Canadien suggested it would make an appropriate Canadian symbol while it was worn to greet the Prince of Wales in 1860.
Still, it’s also found in Europe and Asia and isn’t solely Canadian.
2. And what about the beaver? For 389 would-be flag designers, the beaver is a fitting symbol for a nation that liked to consider itself progressive, industrious and conservationist. It also harkened back to early days of the fur trade and has been included on early Canadian coats of arms dating back to 1673, when Louis de Buade, the Comte de Frontenac, suggested it for New France.
Others felt the beaver was just a plump rodent that’s not even exclusive to Canada.