Are there any rules for displaying the Canadian flag?
Are there any rules for displaying the Canadian flag? I’ve seen it hung with other flags in a variety of ways at hotels across the city.—Gert Moskowitz, York Mills
An intricate set of rules dictates how to fly the Maple Leaf, rules that are flagrantly ignored by everyone except the government and a few sticklers. First and foremost, when not flying solo, the red-and-white should reside in what is considered the position of honour. That normally (for obscure technical reasons) means our national emblem sits at the left-hand side of the row. With typical Canuck humility, we don’t insist on hanging our flag higher than those of other nations or organizations; at equal height will do. The only ones that trump Canada’s in these arrangements are the personal flags of the British Royal Family and the Governor General. Yes, patriots, Adrienne Clarkson’s colours rank higher than the Maple Leaf. And don’t forget, when it comes time to retire your old, worn-out flags, a dignified private cremation ceremony is the only option.