Quebec Flag

The Quebec flag is also called Fleurdelise. The Quebec flag was adopted for the province by the Quebec government during the ruling and administration of Maurice Duplessis. This was the first provincial flag that had ever been adopted in Canada. The Quebec flag under discussion was first shown at the Parliamentary Building in the city of Quebec on the 21st of January, 1948. The flag was, for some time, celebrated in May, but then they started commemorating the Quebec flag adoption on National Day on the 21st of January. In January, 2008 more than one parade marked the 60th anniversary of the Quebec flag.

There are some things to know about the symbolism of the Quebec flag. The Fleurdelise took its white cross from the ancient French royal flags, and the white fleurs-de-lis and the blue field from a banner that honored the Virgin Mary that the French-Canadian militia reputedly carried at General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm’s victory at Carillon. Though the public opinin is that the lily flowers on the Quebec flag come from the banner of the French kings who used golden lily flowers, these lilies are symbols of purity representing the Virgin Mary.

The Quebec flag is actually blazoned azure, a white cross between four fleurs-de-lis argent. The official ratio of the Quebec flag is 2:3 (width to length). Yet, it is sometimes made in a 1:2 variety in order to match the flag of Canada in size when they are flown together. The Act regarding the Quebec flag and emblem states that this flag has precedence over any other flag or emblem, which probably includes the flag of Canada, too. Actually, under federal protocol the Canadian flag takes precedence in the case the two are flown together. What is then done to stay away from trouble? They fly the Quebec flag on its own, especially on provincial buildings.

With regard to the historical events around the Quebec flag we should know that the green, white and red tricolor was used by the Parti patriote from 1832 to 1838. The French Canadians in the province of Quebec had wished for a distinctive flag, for a long time. Elphege Filitrault a parish priest of Saint-Jude, Quebec was the creator of the direct predecessor of the modern Quebec flag. This flag resembled the present time Quebec flag except that the lily flowers were placed at the corners of the flag, pointing inwards. This flag, called Carillon, was based on an earlier one which had no cross or figure of the Virgin Mary in the middle. The original Carillon flag, was proposed in 1902 as the new Quebec flag and was first raised on the 26th of September, 1902.