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John Matheson is shown in Kingston on Feb. 13, 2013. (JUSTIN TANG/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
John Matheson is shown in Kingston on Feb. 13, 2013. (JUSTIN TANG/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Harper honours the father of Canada’s Maple Leaf flag Add to ...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada lost a great public servant with the death late last week of John Matheson.

Matheson, a former MP and Second World War veteran, died Friday in Kingston.

He was often referred to as the father of Canada’s now-familiar Maple Leaf flag.

Matheson lead a multiparty committee that chose the new flag to replace the old Red Ensign in 1965.

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The Sunday night tweet from Harper’s account also pointed out that Matheson was instrumental in the creation of the Order of Canada.

Matheson was first elected as a Liberal MP for the Ontario riding of Leeds in a 1961 by-election, and was re-elected three times before being defeated in 1968.

 

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