The maple leaf
The red and white flag of Canada was adopted in 1965 after efforts to find an emblem suiting everyone. It is composed of a white central-square flanked by two red bands. In the white square is a large red maple leaf, a Canadian emblem from the 18th century. More precisely, it is about the sugar maple (“acer saccharum”).
The flag grew out of its coat of arms and the coat of arms grew out of the national symbol, the maple leaf.
The maple leaf transforms the accumulated starch into saccharose through photosynthesis. The starch is dissolved into crude sap, which is collected in spring and manufactured as maple syrup. This terrestrial transformation of the solar energy is the result of an association of celestial and terrestrial influences. The whole symbolism of the maple leaf derives from the manifestation of the Primeval Unity and its fundamental polarization between Heaven and Earth.
The Canadian flag emphasis two movements between the Primeval Unity and its manifestation: the descending way from Unity to the manifestation of all beings as well as the ascending way from the manifested towards Unity. As mentioned by the Senate's President, Maurice Bourget, in 1965: “The flag is the symbol of our country unity as it represents, without a shadow of a doubt, the equality of the Canadian citizens, irrespective of race, language, belief or opinion”.