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Proposals for a flag of Quebec, 1900-1902

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Proposals for a flag of Quebec, 1900-1902

[Proposal for Quebec 1900] image by Jaume Ollé

Proposed by the newspaper Le débat on 4 March 1900.
Luc-Vartan Baronian - 20 March 1997

Proposal of 1902

[Proposal for Quebec 1902] image by Jaume Ollé  

Proposal of 1902 - the Carillon Flag

[Proposal for Quebec 1902 - Carillon Flag (first proposal)] image by Jaume Ollé

Designed by Abbot Ephège Filiatreault who called it the Drapeau de Carillon. It was first hoisted in September 1902 at the St Jude presbytery of St-Hyacinthe. The fleur de lys were white or gold on the first version, but they have been white ever since.

[Proposal for Quebec 1902 - Carillon Flag (definite proposal)] image by Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020

This referred to a flag from the French Regime that was thought as being the flag of the Canadiens volunteers (not the French Royal troops) during the last victory of the French over the British at the Battle of Carillon on July 8th, 1758. It turns out that that flag was just a religious banner.

Nevertheless, the flag designed by Abbot Filiatreault quickly gained popularity as the National French-Canadian flag and is the ancestor of the actual fleurdelyse. In fact, the Drapeau de Carillon was often referred to as the fleur-de-lys flag, even in the Order in Council on the adoption of the present flag :

" That the flag generally known as the "fleur-de-lis" flag, that is to say the flag with the white cross on a sky-blue ground and with the fleur-de-lis, be adopted as the official flag for the Province of Quebec and be raised on the central tower of the Parliament Buildings, at Quebec, and such with the following modification, to wit : THAT the "lis" on the flag be placed in a vertical position."

Luc-Vartan Baronian - 25 March 1997