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In honour of Canada Day I thought I’d share a fun fact I just learned about our flag: Canadians can actually get a free Canadian flag that has been flown on Parliament Hill.

Just don’t expect to be able to show it off on Canada Day next year. Or the year after that for that matter.

In fact, if you want a flag that flew on the Peace Tower, and apply today, you could plan to have a patriotic flag raising party in time for Canada Day 2034.

Yep. The wait for a Peace Tower flyer is 25 years. If you’re willing to settle for a flag that flew on East Block or West Block, you’ll shave nine years off your wait and get one in approximately 16 years.

One flag per household. Sent within Canada only. If you move anytime in the next 16 or 25 years you have to make sure Parliament knows your new address.

Oh, and for a Peace Tower flag you will need a 50 foot flag pole to accommodate the giant flag. It measures about 2.3 metres x 4.5 metres. The East and West Block versions will fit on a 30 to 35 foot flag pole. They’re a mere 1.4 metres x 2.7 metres.

You can make your request in writing to:

Public Works and Government Services Canada
Office of the Minister
18A1, Portage III
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0S5
Fax: 819-953-1908
E-mail: Minister@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca
 

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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